Logic & Philosophy of Science Colloquium

Alva Noë
University of California, Santa Cruz

“Is the visual world a grand illusion?”

This paper looks at a new form of skepticism about perceptual experience that takes its start from developments in perceptual science (especially work on change blindness). According to this new skepticism, perceptual consciousness is a kind of false consciousness. I criticize the skeptical reasoning and propose a new framework for thinking about the nature of perception and perceptual consciousness. According to this new framework, perception isn't something that occurs in us. It is something we do.

Friday, January 12, 2001
SST 777, 3 pm

Refreshments will be served