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“…After surgery it’s obvious my personal equations need revising but that their basic reliance on chemistry and physics remains intact. This intimate knowledge attracts me to a theory of the brain gaining traction ever since Dr. Karl Friston published a 2010 review of it in Nature. The relevance of the free energy principle to my lived experience is unmistakable. Relying as it does on an agent, like me, selectively sampling the world to generate sensory models. The generative models link the probability of a sensation and its cause. Like my figuring out through trial and error that a bustling restaurant and high-sodium meal causes eye pain, elevates inner ear pressure, and produces a headache so destabilizing I must lie down or risk falling. This generative model-building process is, Friston writes, called active inference. The free-energy principle sets my post-TBI life within an elegant framework.”

(Excerpt from Chapter 12 Patchwork Labyrinth: a portrait of neuroplasticity)