I’m very glad to be able to kick off the first of a series of symposia that Brains will be hosting on papers from Mind & Language. This month our target article is “Flavour, Taste and Smell”, by Louise Richardson of York University in the UK.
Louise’s article, which thanks to the kind cooperation of Wiley-Blackwell is available freely at the preceding link, discusses the relationship between scientific investigation of the senses and our everyday way of individuating the sense modalities. Specifically, she argues that the commonsense idea that flavors are tasted rather than smelled is not refuted by scientific findings showing that olfactory receptors play a significant role in our perception of flavor.
Similar to the format made familiar by the Online Consciousness Conference, our symposium will begin with a short introductory video from Louise, followed by written commentaries from Fiona Macpherson, Mohan Matthen, Matthew Nudds, and Barry C. Smith. Louise will have up a response to the commentaries within the next day or so, but the discussion may begin in earnest in the meantime.
Louise’s introductory video:
Her paper: “Flavour, Taste and Smell”
- Fiona Macpherson (Glasgow): “Can Science Tell Us That We Smell?”
- Mohan Matthen (Toronto): “Is the Everyday Conception of the Senses Static?”
- Matthew Nudds (Warwick): “Commentary on Louise Richardson, ‘Flavour, Taste and Smell'”
- Barry C. Smith (London) will join us shortly
Added June 7: Louise’s response to Fiona, Mohan, and Matt
This post will be open for comments through the end of June. Thanks in advance to all those who participate!