post: dennet & powers

[From francisco Arocha, 01:22, 920923]

Found in NSP-L list (Noble Savage Philospohers):

I've heard of people describing how our perceptual experience of the world
contrasts in ways from the way the world is: objects become smaller as we
see them as being more distant, though in reality the objects don't shrink;
part of an object disappears from vision when that object moves behind


whereas in reality the first object remains whole and in tact, etc. Does
anyone know some references concerning people who write on such subjects?
                                                Irwin Goldstein

Richard Gregory from Bristol University, UK, has written much on this subject,
mainly from a psychological point of view, but he is unusually thoughtful for a
psychologist (which means that I agree with him, I guess!) Try
<The Intelligent Eye>,1970, which discusses The Muller-Lyer illusion as well
as some of the others you mention.He also wrote <The Eye and Brain>and edits
the journal Perception.
More interesting philosophically, though about the same vintage, is
Norwood Russell Hanson,< Perception and Discovery> from Northwestern Uni.

For a more modern, though difficult, book using systems theory, W.T. Powers
"Behavior: The Control of Perception" will give you a non-behaviorist view
compatible with Dennett's intentionality.



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