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New Philosopher
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News Or Propaganda?
On September 25, 1690, the first colonial newspaper in America, Publick Occurrences Both Forreign and Domestick, was published. Although some English newspapers and single-page broadsides had been available to read before, this was the first true mul
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Writers’ award XXIX
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Online At is an online portal for exploring philosophical ideas on ways to live a more fulfilling life. Read the articles, join in discussions, and watch free online documentaries. Now more than ever I want to cling to the idea that findin
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Under The Influence
I was reading a picture book with my daughter when she said, “Look, the Snow Queen is bigger now.”Surprised, I answered – “Oh, she’s not smaller there, just further away.” My daughter looked at me like I’d lost my mind. Why had I said that the Snow Q
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Our Library
We said earlier that it is the body which “understands” in the acquisition of habituality.This way of putting it will appear absurd, if understanding is subsuming a sense datum under an idea, and if the body is an object. But the phenomenon of habitu
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Susanna Siegel is Edgar Pierce Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University. Siegel currently works on topics in the philosophy of mind and epistemology and has written two books: The Contents of Visual Experience (2010), and The Rationality of Perc
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Pervasive Illusions
When I was young, I was fascinated by an optical illusion that you’ve probably encountered yourself: a diagram in which two identical parallel lines are made to appear different lengths by the addition of two short arrow-like fins at each of their en
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Your eyes and ears don’t tell you the truth. That’s not what they’re for. The senses evolved to enable us to survive and succeed in the world, not to represent it accurately. Now, for the first time, science is revealing exactly how the sense organs
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To Be Is To Be Perceived
Unsurprisingly for a man who argued for the nonexistence of matter, Bishop Berkeley didn’t have much time for common sense. In Principles of Human Knowledge, he complained about the “opinion strangely prevailing amongst men, that houses, mountains, r
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Phenomenology of Perception
“I am, as a sensing subject, full of natural powers of which I am the first to be filled with wonder. Thus I am not, to recall Hegel’s phrase, a ‘hole in being,’ but rather a hollow, or a fold that was made and that can be unmade.” “I live in the fa
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Around The Web
The categories of Image, Word, Orientation and Action constitute the main divisions of the Warburg Institute Library and encapsulate its aim: to study the tenacity of symbols and images in European art and architecture (Image, 1st floor); the persist
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Pierre Is Not Here
In his masterwork Being and Nothingness, written during the Nazi occupation of France, Jean-Paul Sartre asks us to imagine a scene from everyday life: You walk into a café. You’re meeting your friend Pierre there, but you are running late. You look a
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Character Versus Reputation
Let’s play a game of Would You Rather. Would you rather speak 5 languages or speak to animals? Would you rather run fast or fly slow? Would you rather be rich or famous? Would you rather travel 100 years to the past or the future? I know, these are h
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Scintillating Grid Illusion
In the scintillating grid illusion, illusory dark spots are perceived on white patches at the intersections of grey bars. Studies have suggested that processing related to the orientation of the bars plays a role in this illusion, but the specific un
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Like Riding A Bike
We talk about ‘knowing’ how to type, or how to ride a bicycle. But what kind of knowing is this? Descartes, who introduced the mind-body split, would break down those actions into distinct phases. First, we sense the keyboard, or the bicycle and the
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“In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.” — Desiderius Erasmus “We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are.” — Anaïs Nin “Vision is the Art of seeing Things invisible.” — Jonathan Swift ““I live in the facial expressions o
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Baron Vaughn
What is your demon? Self-loathing, depression, and anxiety are the first things that spring to mind. Which “thinker” has had the greatest influence on your life? Harold Pinter: few people have perfectly expressed how I felt growing up in Vegas. W
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More Than Meets The Eye
Like figure-ground organisation, perceptual grouping (sometimes called perceptual segregation) is a form of perceptual organisation. Organisms perceive some parts of their perceptual fields as “hanging together” more tightly than others. They use thi
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Believing Is Seeing
In The Gutenberg Galaxy, a revisionist tour de force that gave us the axiom “the medium is the message”, Marshall McLuhan argued that moveable type was the prime culprit in shaping a culture enslaved by the tyranny of the visual. Marks on the printed
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Seven Laws
According to Gestalt Psychology, people perceive the whole of something even if it is not there. The Gestalt’s Law of Organization states that people have seven factors that help to group what is seen into patterns or groups. The grouping of images o
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Perception /pəˈsɛpʃ(ə)n/
1 The ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses. 2. Awareness of something through the senses. 3. The neurophysiological processes, including memory, by which an organism becomes aware of and interprets external stimul
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Shifting Perspective
Recently, as civilisation has proceeded on its journey to hell in a handcart, I’ve found myself picturing a rocky coastline somewhere: a collection of giant boulders, standing impassive amid the crashing waves of a turbulent sea. I’m not sure where t
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Entrenched Perceptions
Susanna Siegel is Edgar Pierce Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University. She currently works on topics in the philosophy of mind and epistemology. Her books The Contents of Visual Experience and The Rationality of Perception were published by Ox
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People with synaesthesia experience a “blending” of their senses when they see, smell, taste, touch or hear. Such people have specially wired brains. As a result, when something triggers one of the five senses, another sense also responds. This blend
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Perfect Perception
TRUTH is within ourselves; it takes no riseFrom outward things, whate’er you may believe. There is an inmost centre in us all,Where truth abides in fullness; and around,Wall upon wall, the gross flesh hems it in,This perfect, clear perception—which
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One night earlier this year, I woke to see an elderly man in our bedroom. My partner and I had fled the deaths racking up during the coronavirus outbreak in New York to the relative safety of the countryside, where his family has a creaky, tumbledown
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A Perception Of Something
IT IS IN THE EMPIRICIST development, as we know, that the new psychology, which was required as a correlate to pure natural science when the latter was separated off, is brought to its first concrete execution. Thus it is concerned with investigation
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Cartesian Roommates
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Even the simple act which we describe as ‘seeing someone we know’ is, to some extent, an intellectual process. We pack the physical outline of the creature we see with all the ideas we already formed about him, and in the complete picture of him whic
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