In Manolo Martínez‘s recent talk at CUNY on the Rationalizing Role of Pains, he presented a model describing the decision-making process of a mind faced with multiple conflicting sensory messages of varying reliability. This model was by no means the focus of his talk, but it is what I’d like to focus on here.
I present an alternative model and then restrict myself to posing a few mathematical questions as to the relative power of the models. Questions of cognitive plausibility and interpretation are left unprovoked.
Please note that what follows is based on my imperfect recollection of his talk, and so all errors misinterpretations are my own.