Meditation through the lens of predictive processing
In this talk I will provide a basic introduction to predictive processing (PP) models of cognition, and discuss a few recent papers that attempt to describe how meditation may influence the brain and mind by modulating PP. Compelling questions include: if the brain is an expectation or prediction machine—as PP models suggest—then what happens when individuals spend countless hours releasing expectations, focusing on the here and now? What are the implications of sitting still, and of paying attention in a particular way? How does meditation change our internal models? I will also open up for discussion the possibility that PP may begin to explain some of the phenomenological changes that take place during long-term meditation. If there’s time, I’ll introduce one of the experiments that we’ve designed in order to test whether meditation can modulate predictive processes that are generally believed to be fixed.
An agent model of consciousness, suffering, and mindfulness
Inspired by computer science, neuroscience, and the abhidhamma human
consciousness and its function will be described by a hierarchy of
increasingly complex agents. In the model suffering and mindfulness
have a natural place. Mindfulness is seen as a tool to relieve worldly suffering, as a risk-factor to fall into existential suffering, and finally as an important ingredient towards bringing sustainable solace.
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