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Neural Computation

September 1, 2003, Vol. 15, No. 9, Pages 2029-2049
(doi: 10.1162/089976603322297278)
© 2003 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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.