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Surfing Uncertainty: Prediction, Action, and the Embodied Mind
Author: Andy Clark
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The current leading theories on how the brain works are that yes, they are essentially very impressive prediction machines, which obviously rely on all sorts of pattern matching to make said predictions. You can look up Karl Friston's free energy principle or check this book for more details
See also the book _Surfing Uncertainty_ (https://www.amazon.com/Surfing-Uncertainty-Prediction-Action...) which convincingly details many brain subsystems as approximating Bayesian updates.
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