Varieties of perceptual truth and their possible evolutionary roots
Hoffman, Singh, and Prakash (2014) observe that perception evolves to serve as an interface between the perceiver and the world and proceed to reason that percepts need not, or even cannot, resemble their objects. I accept their premise, but argue that there are interesting ways in which perception can be truthful, with regard not to “objects” but to relations, and that evolutionary pressure is expected to favor rather than rule out such veridicality.
KeywordsCausal induction Concepts and categories Perceptual categorization and identification Visual perception
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