Applying the New View of Seeing

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:
Applying the New View of Seeing

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The new view of seeing described in Chapter 2 considers seeing to be an exploratory activity, somewhat like touch. The experience of seeing is not something that is generated in the brain, but it exists in the very fact of engaging in this visual-exploratory interaction with the environment. The experience of seeing the whole scene, and of seeing it continuously, derives not from the spatial extent or temporal continuity of some internal representation, but from the fact that anything in the scene that might be of interest can be immediately accessed by making the appropriate movements of the eyes or attention. This chapter applies this new view to understand why we don't experience the multiple defects of the visual system enumerated in Chapter 1.

Keywords: vision; visual system; seeing; visual defects; temporal continuity; spatial extent

Chapter.  7695 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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