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IMAGE: This book is about prediction, action, and the embodied mind. view more Credit: courtesy of Oxford University Press How does a piece of flesh think, dream, feel, create, and understand ideas, theories, and concepts? How does our brain, a meat machine, anticipate sensory detail and act and react accordingly? Surfing Uncertainty: Prediction, Action, and the Embodied Mind (Oxford University Press; Nov. 2015) by philosopher and cognitive scientist Andy Clark explores these questions, which are emerging at the intersection of neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, artificial intelligence, and robotics. According to Clark, our brains are prediction machines, devices evolved to anticipate incoming streams of sensory stimulation before they arrive. As our experiences add up, we hone our ability to predict and reduce “prediction errors.” In fact, as the human brain becomes more adept…


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