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PSA 1974 pp 549-561 | Cite as

The Illusions of Experience

  • Robert M. AndersonJr.
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Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 32)

Abstract

On reading the grain argument as advanced by Meehl and Sellars, I find that there is not one but two grain arguments. According to one argument, mental events cannot be the same as neural events because mental events have a continuity that neural events do not have. The other argues for the same conclusion from the simplicity of experienced quality. I answer these arguments by claiming that these properties of experience are illusory. I detail a dual threshold theory of visual experience and show that given this model the mind-brain identity theory predicts the existence of these illusions.

Keywords

Visual Cortex Receptive Field Visual Experience Minimal Element Quality Element 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert M. AndersonJr.
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  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryStanford University Medical SchoolStanfordUSA

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