[SydPhil] Andy Clark Public Lecture 8th December @ Macquarie University

Richard Menary richard.menary at mq.edu.au
Wed Nov 29 09:55:45 AEDT 2017

Dear All,

On Friday 8th December Andy Clark with give a public lecture at 4-5.30 p.m. The lecture is designed to introduce many of the fundamental concepts of the predictive processing framework that will be discussed in detail at the workshop held the following week. The lecture will be held at the Macquarie University Incubator (easily found on google maps and next door to building Y3A, which has a cafe).

Expecting the World: How Hallucinating Brains Turn Signals into Sense

Biological brains are increasingly cast as ‘prediction machines’: evolved organs whose core operating principle is to learn about the world by using stored knowledge to predict the incoming sensory signal. This casts perception as a form of ‘highly controlled hallucination’ in which sensory information delivers perceptual experience only relative to our own best predictions. I’ll show how these accounts blur the lines between perception, understanding, and imagination, and end by asking what all this suggests concerning the fundamental nature of our perceptual contact with the world.

School of Philosophy, Psychology, and Language Sciences
University of Edinburgh
Scotland, UK

andy.clark at ed.ac.uk<mailto:andy.clark at ed.ac.uk>

Dr. Richard Menary
Associate Professor
ARC Future Fellow
Macquarie University
Department of Philosophy<http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/faculties_and_departments/faculty_of_arts/department_of_philosophy/staff/richard_menary/>
ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders<http://www.ccd.edu.au/people/profile.html?memberID=603>
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