The Predictive Mind

2015.02.27 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jakob Hohwy, The Predictive Mind, Oxford University Press, 2013, 282pp., $35.00 (pbk), ISBN 9780199686735. Reviewed by Jona
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2015.02.27 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jakob Hohwy, The Predictive Mind, Oxford University Press, 2013, 282pp., $35.00 (pbk), ISBN 9780199686735. Reviewed by Jona Vance, Northern Arizona University How does your brain generate accurate perceptual experiences? How does it initiate action? How does it do virtually everything else it does? Jakob Hohwy's book provides an ambitious, controversial answer. He argues that one mechanism explains everything the brain does, from "perception [to] action and everything mental in between" (p. 1). The mechanism aims at prediction error minimization. In Hohwy's view, the brain constructs a model of the world containing hypotheses about objects and properties of all kinds. To test the model, the brain predicts the sensory inputs it's likely to receive if the model is accurate. Then it compares the predicted inputs with the inputs it actually receives. If there's a match between the predicted and actual inputs,. . .

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