Perception is inference

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.


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.

jgpoulos - at - gmail - dot - com

Windy Wilson said...

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