From Anil Ananthaswamy at New Scientist:
Welcome to one of the more provocative-sounding explanations of how the brain works, outlined in a set of 26 original papers, the second part of a unique online compendium updating us on current thinking in neuroscience and the philosophy of mind.
In 2015, the MIND group founded by philosopher Thomas Metzinger of the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany, set up the Open MIND project to publish papers by leading researchers. Unusually, the papers were published in open access electronic formats, as an experiment in creating a cutting edge online resource – and it was free. The first volume, spanning everything from the nature of consciousness to lucid dreaming, was a qualified success.
The second volume, Philosophy and Predictive Processing, focuses entirely on the influential theory in its title, which argues that our brains are constantly making predictions about what’s out there (a flower, a tiger, a person) and these predictions are what we perceive.
Everything we perceive, including ourselves, are simulacrums of reality. The takeaway here is this wild thought: we are always hallucinating. More.
Curious that the same source that tell us that our thoughts are hallucinations publishes calls for censorship and shutting down comments. Like we said, when reason has been debunked, the will to power remains.
See also: New Scientist: We need more censorship because free speech is censorship
Bill Nye would criminalize dissent from human-caused global warming claims.
Objectivity is sexist.
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