The notion of the brain as a predictive organ following Bayesian principles has been steadily gaining favor in neuroscience. This perspective, which has broad theoretical and applicative consequences, suggests also a novel way to look at the mind-body processes mobilized by meditative practices. In this article, the topic is introduced and subsequently explored as a conversation between a neuroscientist (GP) and the abbot of a Zen Sōtō monastery (FTG). We believe that such ‘mutual perturbations’ between the third-person descriptions provided by scientific research and the phenomenological depth of Buddhist lore have a great potential for advancing our understanding of both brain function and meditation.

Remembrance of things to come: a conversation between Zen and neuroscience on the predictive nature of the mind / Pagnoni, Giuseppe; Guareschi, Fausto Taiten. - In: MINDFULNESS. - ISSN 1868-8527. - 8:1(2017), pp. 27-37. [10.1007/s12671-015-0438-z]

Remembrance of things to come: a conversation between Zen and neuroscience on the predictive nature of the mind

PAGNONI, Giuseppe;
2017

Abstract

The notion of the brain as a predictive organ following Bayesian principles has been steadily gaining favor in neuroscience. This perspective, which has broad theoretical and applicative consequences, suggests also a novel way to look at the mind-body processes mobilized by meditative practices. In this article, the topic is introduced and subsequently explored as a conversation between a neuroscientist (GP) and the abbot of a Zen Sōtō monastery (FTG). We believe that such ‘mutual perturbations’ between the third-person descriptions provided by scientific research and the phenomenological depth of Buddhist lore have a great potential for advancing our understanding of both brain function and meditation.
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Remembrance of things to come: a conversation between Zen and neuroscience on the predictive nature of the mind / Pagnoni, Giuseppe; Guareschi, Fausto Taiten. - In: MINDFULNESS. - ISSN 1868-8527. - 8:1(2017), pp. 27-37. [10.1007/s12671-015-0438-z]
Pagnoni, Giuseppe; Guareschi, Fausto Taiten
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