Searle’s book on perception

by Neil Rickert

I have been reading Searle’s recent book “Seeing Things as They Are: A Theory of Perception”.  I have left a review of the book at Amazon.  HERE’s a link to that review.

I am tentatively planning a future post about Searle’s theory.

3 Responses to “Searle’s book on perception”

  1. I would be interested to know how anyone can justify direct realism in modern terms. It’s all magical, but it is all indirect. That is, it is all virtual, created from stupendously prolific neurochemical processes in a network of billions of neurons.


    • “Direct” is being used in a technical sense. Nobody denies that neurons are used. The typical way of describing this is that the neurons mediate the perception.

      To a first approximation, direct perception denies that an internal copy is made first, and that perception then works by analyzing the internal copy. The word “direct” is denying that intermediate step of making an internal copy.



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