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ANDY CLARK Neuro-Nest - Neuroscience Network at Statale

ANDY CLARK Neuro-Nest - Neuroscience Network at Statale



Andy Clark
(School of Philosophy, Psychology, and Language Sciences, University of Edinburgh, UK)

Perceiving as Predicting?

Sala di Rappresentanza del Rettorato
Università degli Studi di Milano
via Festa del Perdono - 7

According to an emerging vision in computational and cognitive neuroscience, perception (rich, full-blooded, world-presenting perception of the kind we humans enjoy) depends heavily on prediction. To perceive, if this schema is correct, is to meet incoming sensory information with a set of matching ‘top-down’ predictions, where these amount to the brain’s best guesses about the shape of the present sensory signal. Perception occurs when (after a flurry of processing) the top-down guessing matches, and hence ‘explains away’, the sensory signal. That same story suggests, intriguingly, 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. 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.

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Categoria: Altro...

Quando: Lunedì 03-10-2016 alle 16:00

Dove: Neurophilosophy

Indirizzo: Via Festa del Perdono, 7 Milano

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