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The Catastrophe of the Eye

J. Kevin O’Regan

in Why Red Doesn’t Sound Like a Bell

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199775224
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919031 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199775224.003.0011
The Catastrophe of the Eye

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This chapter discusses some apparent design flaws of the eye, which raise the specter of what philosophers call a homunculus—a little man in the brain, looking at the internal screen where the outside world is projected. These flaws include blind spots, optical defects, nonuniform sampling, bad peripheral color vision, geometric distortions, and shifts in retinal image.

Keywords: eye; vision; visual perception; homunculus; retinal image; color vision

Chapter.  9506 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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