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Is there something out there? Inferring space from sensorimotor dependencies.

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This letter suggests that in biological organisms, the perceived structure of reality, in particular the notions of body, environment, space, object, and attribute, could be a consequence of an effort on the part of brains to account for the dependency between their inputs and their outputs in terms of a small number of parameters. To validate this idea, a procedure is demonstrated whereby the brain of a (simulated) organism with arbitrary input and output connectivity can deduce the dimensionality of the rigid group of the space underlying its input-output relationship, that is, the dimension of what the organism will call physical space.
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hal-00143855 , version 1 (27-04-2007)

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D. Philipona, J. K. O'Regan, J.-P. Nadal. Is there something out there? Inferring space from sensorimotor dependencies.. Neural Comput, 2003, 15 (9), pp.2029-49. ⟨10.1162/089976603322297278⟩. ⟨hal-00143855⟩
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