The Predictive Mind
argument throughout The Predictive Mind is that the mechanism explains the rich, deep, and multifaceted character of our conscious perception. It also gives a unified account of how perception is sculpted by attention, and how it depends on action. The mind is revealed as having a fragile and indirect
relation to the world. Though we are deeply in tune with the world we are also strangely distanced from it.
The first part of the book sets out how the theory enables rich, layered perception. The theory's probabilistic and statistical foundations are explained using examples from empirical research and analogies to different forms of inference. The second part uses the simple mechanism in an explanation of problematic cases of how we manage to represent, and sometimes misrepresent, the world in health as well as in mental illness. The third part looks into the mind, and shows how the theory accounts
for attention, conscious unity, introspection, self and the privacy of our mental world.
- Paperback | 294 pages
- 157 x 233 x 17mm | 454g
- 17 Mar 2016
- Oxford University Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
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everything that needed to be said and much more. * Karl Friston, University College London * Every now and then a book appears that looks set to be a milestone in the interdisciplinary study of mind. This is one of those rare and important books. The core organizing principle of mentality itself, Hohwy persuasively argues, is the prediction of our own ongoing streams of sensory input. Hohwy applies this principle to cases ranging from simple sensing all the way to hallucinations, delusions, consciousness, emotion, the sense of presence, and the nature of the
self. A wonderful, timely, ground-breaking treatment, and required reading for anyone interested in the nature and possibility of mind. * Andy Clark FRSE, Professor of Logic and Metaphysics, University of Edinburgh *
About Jakob Hohwy
University in Scotland, and his basic philosophy training in Denmark. He has set up the Philosophy and Cognition lab in the Philosophy Department at Monash University in Melbourne.