Perception is inference

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This article in the New Yorker about the itching sensation shows how recursive the questions in ontological philosophy are:
The account of perception that’s starting to emerge is what we might call the “brain’s best guess” theory of perception: perception is the brain’s best guess about what is happening in the outside world. The mind integrates scattered, weak, rudimentary signals from a variety of sensory channels, information from past experiences, and hard-wired processes, and produces a sensory experience full of brain-provided color, sound, texture, and meaning

More than 250 years later, we are still trying to come to grips with Hume.

2 comments:

James G. Poulos said...

You, freaky outback High Plains Drifter fellow. Drop me an email, would you? I have a Pressing Question. You Won't be Sorry. Affectionately, James.

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Windy Wilson said...

You mean David Hume of the slapping the table and saying, "Thus I refute Thee!" fame? THAT Hume?