5. Diachronic Constitution and Extended Consciousness

Based on our third-wave framing of predictive processing, we argued in our previous post (4) that generative models cannot be unplugged from the world, given that action couples the agent to the environment. It is only via action in the world that the agent is able to tune and maintain …

4. Is Perceptual Experience Controlled Hallucination?

Predictive processing is standardly combined with views of perceptual experience as the outcome of psychological processes of unconscious inference. Perceptual experience is taken to be the product of guesswork about what is out there in the external world. The brain forms its guess by a process that approximates probabilistic reasoning, …

3. The Markov Blanketed Mind

https://www.crcpress.com/Extended-Consciousness-and-Predictive-Processing-A-Third-Wave-View/Kirchhoff-Kiverstein/p/book/9781138556812 Common-sense suggests that it is perception and action that delineate a boundary for the mind. Perception is the interface where the world impacts on the mind, and action is where agents make a causal difference in the world. Chalmers (2008, 2019) suggests that this common-sense view presents the most …

2. Third-wave extended mind and predictive processing

Thanks to John Schwenkler for the invitation to guest-blog this week about our book Extended Consciousness and Predictive Processing: A Third-Wave View (Routledge, 2019): https://www.crcpress.com/Extended-Consciousness-and-Predictive-Processing-A-Third-Wave-View/Kirchhoff-Kiverstein/p/book/9781138556812 Where does your (conscious) mind stop, and the rest of the world begin? We defend what has come to be called a “third-wave” account of …

1. The Boundaries of the Conscious Mind

Thanks to John Schwenkler for the invitation to guest-blog this week about our book Extended Consciousness and Predictive Processing: A Third-Wave View (Routledge, 2019). Suppose a science of the mind of the future fully explains what it is that makes an animal a conscious subject, capable of enjoying and enduring …