Expecting the World: Prediction, Action, and the Embodied Mind
Andy Clark, University of Edinburgh,
Fri 13th October, 16:15 - 17:45 (Room T 5, Edif Torre B, Piso 2)
Perception, according to an emerging vision in computational and cognitive neuroscience, depends heavily on prediction. Rich, world-revealing perception of the kind we humans enjoy occurs, these stories suggest, when cascading neural activity matches the incoming sensory signal with a multi-level stream of
apt ‘top-down’ predictions. That same story suggests that perception, understanding, and imagination - which we might intuitively consider to be three distinct chunks of our mental machinery - are inextricably tied together, emerging as simultaneous results of that single underlying strategy. Action, surprisingly, may be treated using much of the same apparatus. In the talk, I first introduce this general explanatory schema, and then discuss these (and other) implications. I end by asking what all this suggests concerning the fundamental nature of our perceptual contact with the world.
The Mind and Cognition seminar is organized in collaboration with the Lisbon Minds & Reasoning Group. All are welcome.
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