Thu Dec 16, 2010
Howison Library, 4–6 PM
|Graduate Research Colloquium
James Stazicker (University of California, Berkeley)
Attention, Visual Knowledge & Psychophysics: Discriminating the Determinable
Attending to the things you see is a reliable way to come to know about their visible properties. Recent experiments generate a challenge to this epistemologically important idea, because they show that attention changes the way properties appear in visual experience. To meet the challenge, I argue that visual experience represents determinable properties. More generally, I argue that we need to recognise the role of determinable properties in visual experience, if we’re to understand what experiments tell us about conscious vision.