The Auditory Hallucination


The brain is an engine of speculation, not a camera rendering a phantasmatic world-in-itself. Indeed, as neurophilosopher Thomas Metzinger suggests, its foundational (but constitutively black-boxed) will-to-coherence not only trumps any promise of veridicality but induces functional hallucination as a matter of course. Given the constraints inflicted on the brain’s feverishly creative generation of hypotheses, one can accordingly describe all perception as inclusive of a constitutive extrasensoriality that reveals perception to be quasi-sensory in the most radical senses…