Philosophy, Perception, and Neuroscience

  title={Philosophy, Perception, and Neuroscience},
  author={John Smythies},
  pages={638 - 651}
This paper presents the results of some recent experiments in neuroscience and perceptual science that reveal the role of virtual reality in normal visual perception, and the use of television technology by the visual brain. This involves particularly the cholinergic system in the forebrain. This research throws new light on the nature of perception and the relation of phenomenal consciousness and its brain. It is directly relevant to criticisms by certain analytical philosophers of aspects of… 

The Neuroscientific Case for a Representative Theory of Perception

It has been urged repeatedly over the last two decades that empirical findings in neuroscience and psychology provide compelling reasons for endorsing a representative theory of perception. Richard

Does the Brain Think?

  • E. W. F. Owesen
  • Philosophy, Psychology
    Review of Philosophy and Psychology
  • 2022
It is common in cognitive science to ascribe psychological predicates to the brain, i.e. to assert that the brain sees, feels, thinks, etc. This has prompted philosophical debate. According to the

Brain and Consciousness: The Ghost in the Machines

This paper reviews four current theories of brain-consciousness relations—classical Cartesian Dualism, the Identity Theory, Eliminative Materialism, and a new form of Substance Dualism that includes

Reply to Bennett and Hacker

Hacker (B&H) continue simply to ignore the new hard evidence I presented (Smythies 2009), which can only be explained if we adopt the representative theory of perception. (This theory is not `mine',

Theories of Perception and Recent Empirical Work

Theories of Perception and Recent Empirical Work by Philip Zigman Advisor: David Rosenthal In this dissertation I answer the following question: Does recent empirical work give us reason to think

Children’s Criminal Perception; Lessons from Neurolaw

In criminal justice systems, after reaching the initial age there are levels of responsibility dictated by the intellectual development and the type of offense committed. Criminal perception, as

Reply to Critical Review by Professor John Smythies

Critics of PFN were not advancing any theory of perception whatsoever, but rather clarifying the concept of perception, and concepts are presupposed by the empirical investigations and theories of cognitive neuroscience.

Critical Appraisal of Fish's Clinical Psychopathology Signs and Symptoms in Psychiatry (Third Edition)

AbstractThe aim of authors are to highlight the errors in the third edition of Fish's Clinical Psychopathology and inform its readers to use their discretion before accepting the edited version as



Space, Time and Consciousness

This paper describes a new theory of consciousness based on previous work by C.D. Broad, H.H. Price, Andrei Linde and others. This hypothesis states that the Universe consists of three fundamental

An empirical refutation of the direct realist theory of perception

There are currently two main philosophical theories of perception ‐ Direct Realism and the Representative Theory. The former is supported by most contemporary philosophers, whereas the latter forms

Visual feature integration theory: past, present, and future.

An exposition of the theory and a review of the associated data are provided, and it is concluded that some of the issues may remain intractable unless appropriate neuroscientific investigations are carried out.

Binding, spatial attention and perceptual awareness

  • L. Robertson
  • Psychology, Biology
    Nature Reviews Neuroscience
  • 2003
Findings from the study of abnormal binding — for example, after stroke — and unusual binding — as in synaesthesia — might help to understand the cognitive and neural mechanisms that contribute to solving this 'binding problem'.

Requiem for the identity theory

This paper examines the impact that recent advances in clinical neurology, introspectionist psychology and neuroscience have upon the philosophical psycho‐neural Identity Theory. Topics covered

The experimental evidence for subjective referral of a sensory experience backwards in time: reply t

Our experimental investigations of cerebral neuronal activities that might uniquely be part of the processes that elicit a conscious sensory experience, produced evidence for the hypothesis that two

The Ecological Approach to Visual Perception

Contents: Preface. Introduction. Part I: The Environment To Be Perceived.The Animal And The Environment. Medium, Substances, Surfaces. The Meaningful Environment. Part II: The Information For Visual

The Neurological Approach to the Problem of Perception

I much appreciate the honour of being invited to deliver the first Manson lecture, which, its founder has laid down, is to be devoted to the consideration of some subject of common interest to

Acetylcholine in cortical inference