The following link is for an article, published today, from New Scientist. It confirms my assertion that the brain anticipates the future
(but doesn't associate this, as I do, with free will).
The article states that, "Our brain generates predictions of likely visual inputs so it can focus on dealing with the unexpected.
" In my post, "Free Will Explained
", I wrote that, "Our ability to mentally anticipate cause and effect represents an advantage over causality. Causality must wait for the future to unfold in the present but we can keep steps ahead of causality by extrapolating it into the future.
" This is something we all experience but it's nice to have it scientifically confirmed.
The article explains that the brain "generates predictions based on the recent past
" so that unpredicted stimuli will grab our attention better. This feedback mechanism is another example of how our brains are proactive and not merely reactive.
Read the article for a description of the experiment that led to these conclusions. According to the article, "The
finding supports the 'Bayesian brain' theory, which sees the brain as making predictions about the world which it updates when new information comes in.