OUR HARD WIRING DRIVES AUTOMATIC PERCEPTION

Prediction is not just one of the things your brain does. It is the primary function of the neocortex, and the foundation of intelligence.

JEFF HAWKINS (2004)

This next insight is a radical one, and it’s one that’s taken many neuroscientists by surprise. However, it’s something that writers, philosophers, and poets have been pondering for a few thousand years. It wasn’t hard for an ancient Greek scholar to notice that doctors always saw diseases, that children saw opportunities for mayhem, and that mathematicians saw logic in everything. In the last thirty years as the New Age movement took on the role of global philosopher, the mantra of “you create your own reality” has been repeated in seemingly ...

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