^{ Type post AuthorDenyse O'Leary Date September 23, 2023 Categorized Neuroscience, Philosophy of Mind, Probability Tagged Bayes’ Theorem, Bayesian inference, Human brain as supercomputer, Reuben Rideaux, Thomas Bayes }

## Did “Evolution” Wire Human Brains to “Act Like Supercomputers”?

_{In making such a claim, psychology researchers may have got more than they bargained for}

_{ Denyse O'Leary September 23, 2023 4 Neuroscience, Philosophy of Mind, Probability }

Intelligent design theory is still a third rail in science. But a media release for a recent research publication seems to subtly adopt its language. Researchers associated with the University of Sydney found that human brains are “naturally wired to perform advanced calculations, much like a high-powered computer, to make sense of the world through a process known as Bayesian inference.” Bayesian inference is based on Bayes’ Theorem; essentially, it’s a decision-making tool, “a means for revising predictions in light of relevant evidence, also known as conditional probability or inverse probability.” (Britannica). Originally developed by Presbyterian minister and mathematician Thomas Bayes (1702–1761) and found among his papers after his death, Bayesian inference is used today to assess probabilities using advanced Read More ›