Beyond the 'Bayesian blur': predictive processing and the nature of subjective experience

Clark, Andy (2018) Beyond the 'Bayesian blur': predictive processing and the nature of subjective experience. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 25 (3-4). pp. 71-87. ISSN 1355-8250

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Recent work in cognitive and computational neuroscience depicts the brain as in some (perhaps merely approximate) sense implementing probabilistic inference. This suggests a puzzle. If the processing that enables perceptual experience involves representing or approximating probability distributions, why does experience itself appear univocal and determinate, apparently bearing no traces of those probabilistic roots? In this paper, I canvass a range of responses, including the denial of univocality and determinacy itself. I argue that there is reason to think that it is our conception of perception itself that is flawed. Once we see perception aright, as the slave of action, the puzzlement recedes. Perceptual determinacy reflects only the mundane fact that we are embodied, active, agents who must constantly engage the world they perceptually encounter.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > Philosophy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Depositing User: Paige Thompson
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2019 13:38
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2019 13:43

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