Susanna Schellenberg will livestream “Subjective Perspectives and Perceptual Variance” on May 6

The next Neural Mechanisms Online webinar “Subjective Perspectives and Perceptual Variance” will be delivered by Susanna Schellenberg on May 6th. See below for details about the free talk and how to join.  Subjective Perspectives and Perceptual Variance Susanna Schellenberg (Rutgers) 6 May 2022 h14-16 Greenwhich Mean Time / 16-18 …

Symposium on Haun, Tononi, Koch, and Tsuchiya: “Are we underestimating the richness of visual experience?”

I am delighted to announce the next symposium in our series on articles from Neuroscience of Consciousness.  We have two types of symposia.  For primarily theoretical articles, we will have several commentators from a variety of theoretical perspectives.  For novel empirical research, we will have single commentators whose goal is …

The Unity of Perception

Many thanks to John Schwenkler for running the Brains blog and for inviting me to guest blog this week about my new book The Unity of Perception: Content, Consciousness, Evidence (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018). Perception is our key to the world. It plays at least three different roles in …

Introducing the Illusions Index

The following is a guest post by Fiona Macpherson and Umut Baysan, Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience (www.gla.ac.uk/cspe/), University of Glasgow. The Illusions Index (www.illusionsindex.org/) is a fully searchable interactive curated collection of illusions. It consists of images (many of which are interactive), sounds, and videos, together with instructions …

Is Consciousness a “Stream”?

In 1890 William James introduced the metaphor of the “stream of consciousness” into Western psychology: “Consciousness… is nothing jointed; it flows. A ‘river’ or ‘stream’ are the metaphors by which it is most naturally described. In talking of it hereafter, let us call it the stream of thought, of consciousness, …

Symposium on Martin & Le Corre, “Sensory Substitution Is Substitution”

I am glad to kick off our latest Mind & Language symposium on Jean-Rémy Martin and François Le Corre‘s “Sensory Substitution Is Substitution ,” from the journal’s April 2015 issue, with commentaries by Kevin Connolly (Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Penn), Ophelia Deroy (Center for the Study of the Senses/Institute of Philosophy, University of London), Julian Kiverstein (Amsterdam), and Michael Proulx (Bath).

“Let me quickly wash my hands one more time”

The announcement of my contributions says that they will in part concern my recent Keeping the World in Mind: Mental Representations and the Sciences of the Mind. The overriding theme of that book is the proper understanding of “representation” as it occurs in recent cognitive neuroscience, broadly understood. I argue …

Aliens versus materialists (Part III): Phenomenal concepts to the rescue?

A year ago we met an alien species (Part I) that lacked subjective conscious states but were virtuoso scientists. They developed a detailed understanding of cat brains at every level of organization, but still did not realize that cats were conscious. This was parlayed into an argument for dualism (Part …

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