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Surfing Uncertainty: Prediction, Action, and the Embodied Mind

Andy Clark

Abstract

This book brings together work on embodiment, action, and the predictive mind. At the core of the treatment is the vision of human minds as prediction machines—devices that constantly try to stay one step ahead of the breaking waves of sensory stimulation, by actively predicting the incoming flow. In every situation we encounter, that complex prediction machinery is already buzzing, proactively trying to anticipate the sensory barrage. Surfing Uncertainty shows, in detail and with numerous examples, how this strange but potent strategy of self-anticipation ushers perception, understanding, and ... More

Keywords: perception, action, embodiment, prediction, mind, brain, body, imagination

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190217013
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190217013.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andy Clark, author
Professor of Logic and Metaphysics in the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, University of Edinburgh