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Perception and Language

E. Brian Davies

in Science in the Looking Glass

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780199219186
Published online September 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191711695 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199219186.003.0001
 Perception and Language

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This chapter examines the evidence that almost everything relating to human knowledge is more problematical that we normally admit. It starts with a review of recent work in experimental psychology, because it is surely necessary to understand our physical nature if we are to understand the nature of our thoughts. The first half of the chapter describes the wide variety of methods which have been used to investigate the differences between what we think we see and reality itself. The second half discusses the relationship between language and reality.

Keywords: human knowledge; experimental psychology; reality; language; light; vision; colour

Chapter.  15011 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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