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There is a traditional scepticism about whether the world "out there" really is as we perceive it. A new breed of hyper-sceptics now challenges whether we even have the perceptual experience we think we have. According to these writers, perceptual consciousness is a kind of false consciousness. This view grows out of the discovery of such phenomena as change blindness and inattentional blindness, which show that we can all be quite blind to changes taking place before our very eyes. Such radical scepticism has acute and widespread implications for the study of perception and consciousness. The writings collected in this volume explore these implications. The contributors are scientists and philosophers at the forefront of this research, and include well-known authors such as psychologists Susan Blackmore and Arien Mack, and philosophers Andy Clark and Daniel Dennett. They have an gift for bringing these paradoxical issues to life and sharing their excitement with the non-specialist.

  • ISBN13: 9780907845232
  • Publisher: Imprint Academic
  • Pubilcation Year: 2002
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 00210
Publication DateJune 24, 2002
Primary CategoryPhilosophy/Mind & Body

Is the Visual World a Grand Illusion? (Journal of Consciousness Studies Controversies in Science & the Humanities)

Alva Noe

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