From Best Guesses To Controlled Hallucinations - Deepstash

From Best Guesses To Controlled Hallucinations

Anil Seth, a neuroscientist at the forefront of the serious science of consciousness, explained and developed the concept of the brain as a prediction machine in his book Being You: A New Science of Consciousness .

Seth suggested that even our perceptions of what is presently “out there” are, in a sense, just predictions or simulations (what he refers to as “controlled hallucinations”). These are formed by a continual process of updating predictions or assumptions (“best guesses”) as to what the sensory data are perceiving.

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“An idea is something that won’t work unless you do.” - Thomas A. Edison

When you’re a brain inside a dark skull, guessing what’s presently “out there” is a form of prediction. What happens when you believe what you predict?

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