Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Most people believe that when they look at a rose they construct an internal copy, called a sensation or perception, and that later, when they are reminded of a rose, they reconstruct that copy, now called a mental image, and look at it again.
They do not observe themselves doing so; they simply see a rose.
Under special circumstances, they may, in addition, observe that they are seeing one, but even so there is no evidence, introspective or physiological, of an internal copy.
If seeing were simply constructing a copy of the thing seen, we should have to make another copy of the copy, and then another copy to see that.
At some point we must "see a rose" in some other sense.
What that means is not well understood- by anyone. Rather look for internal representations, we should examine the ways in which a person learns to see things, in both the presence and absence of the things seen.
- Companion to the Mind 1987-

My photos of the same spring flower- Dead, dried and saved.

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