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Preface Introduction Part I: The Mechanism 1: Perception as causal inference 2: Prediction error minimisation 3: Prediction error, context, and precision 4: Action and expected experience Part II: The World 5: Binding is inference 6: Is predicting seeing? 7: Precarious prediction 8: Surprise and misrepresentation Part III: The Mind 9: Precision, attention, and consciousness 10: Perceptual unity in action 11: The fragile mirror of nature 12: Into the predictive mind Concluding remarks: The mind in prediction Acknowledgements Bibliography Index

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Jakob Hohwy is a philosopher engaged in both conceptual and experimental research. He works on problems in philosophy of mind about perception, neuroscience, and mental illness. At the same time, he collaborates with neuroscientists and psychiatrists, conducting experiments that put philosophical ideas to the test and that bring philosophical concerns into the lab. Hohwy completed his PhD at the Australian National University, his Masters degree at St Andrews University in Scotland, and his basic philosophy training in Denmark. He has set up the Philosophy and Cognition lab in the Philosophy Department at Monash University in Melbourne.

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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 ... I predict that Hohwy's book will be an important part of the discussion. * Jona Vance, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews *
This is a wonderful and deep book. I have heard it said that it heralds a paradigm shift in cognitive neuroscience and perhaps neurophilosophy. It is an eloquent and accessible synthesis of recent advances in theoretical neurobiology, as they apply to the human brain and mind. I confess that I had thought about writing a book addressing the more technical themes but having read The Predictive Mind, I feel curiously complacent and content, because this book says everything that needed to be said and much more. * Karl Friston, University College London *
Every now and then a book appears that looks set to be a milestone in the interdisciplinary study of mind. This is one of those rare and important books. The core organizing principle of mentality itself, Hohwy persuasively argues, is the prediction of our own ongoing streams of sensory input. Hohwy applies this principle to cases ranging from simple sensing all the way to hallucinations, delusions, consciousness, emotion, the sense of presence, and the nature of the self. A wonderful, timely, ground-breaking treatment, and required reading for anyone interested in the nature and possibility of mind. * Andy Clark FRSE, Professor of Logic and Metaphysics, University of Edinburgh *

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