RuCCS Colloquia

Some Remarks on Perceptual Constancies

Dr. Tyler Burge

Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 01:00pm - 02:30pm

University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Philosophy

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In this talk, I explore distinguishing perceptual constancies from other lower-level sensory invariances that conduce to tracking the physical environment. I believe that perceptual constancies mark a ragged, unsharp, but deep and momentous joint in nature. This joint constitutes the distinction between primitive mental sensory states and sensory states that are not, in any plausible or widely accepted sense, mental. It is the divide between perceiving and sensing, or perceptual. It also constitutes a divide between representation in a psychologically distinctive sense and representation in a sense that amounts to functional informational registration–a capacity shared by psychological beings with all animals and even plants. This divide is delineated in the actual practice of science. A different type of scientific explanation applies to the mental, perceptual, side of the divide than to the non-mental, mere sensory-registration, side.

Dr. Tyler Burge


The RuCCS Colloquia Series is organized by Dr. Julien Musolino and Dr. Sara Pixley. The talks are held on Tuesdays in the Psychology Building, Room 101 on the Busch Campus from 1:00-2:30pm.

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