How to see invisible objects


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jats:titleAbstract</jats:title>jats:pIt is an apparent truism about visual perception that we can see only what is visible to us. It is also frequently accepted that visual perception is dynamic: our visual experiences are extended through, and can evolve over time. I argue that taking the dynamism of visual experience seriously renders certain simplistic interpretations of the first claim, that a subject at a given time can see only what is visible to her at that time, false: we can be meaningfully said to see invisible objects. This counterintuitive result in turn focuses our attention on the relationship between perception and memory. I show that it is difficult to draw a clear or simple distinction between the two. Memory and perception rely on, and blend with, one another. Together, these claims point us away from understanding visual perception as a simple reflection of the environment, and instead as closer to a process of dynamic modelling that draws together occurrent stimulation and stored information.</jats:p>

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5003 Philosophy, 50 Philosophy and Religious Studies, Behavioral and Social Science, Basic Behavioral and Social Science, Eye Disease and Disorders of Vision
Journal Title
Noûs
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Journal ISSN
0029-4624
1468-0068
Volume Title
56
Publisher
Wiley