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Sensing and Doing

Mohan Matthen

in Seeing, Doing, and Knowing

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780199268504
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602283 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199268509.003.0010
Sensing and Doing

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Sensory systems do not passively pick up features available in the ambient energy patterns. According to the Coevolution Thesis propounded here, they provide an organism with discriminatory abilities that subserve action-modes that evolve in parallel. The kind of action served is not merely bodily motion. A proper general understanding takes account of the epistemic uses of sense perception. The Aeffector organs@ that are important for the coevolution of sense perception are thus internal units that analyse and store information. The primary content or meaning of a sensory state is specified in terms of epistemic action, its secondary content or extension may be specified in physical terms.

Keywords: Bryan Skyrms; coevolution; David Lewis; function; games of coordination; Motor Theory of Speech Perception; perception and action; perception and knowledge; realism; sensory content; sensory equivalence; universalism

Chapter.  10085 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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