Friday, March 24, 2006

Important models of self and sensing, and their reviewers

You will find on the Psyche website two fascinating symposia. One deals with Thomas Metzinger's magisterial (and very long and dense) book titled "Being No One" in which he develops a model of the phenomenal self. No one has better understood and integrated the basic domains of philosophy, neurobiology, and psychology. The review by Gallagher is particularly interesting.

A second symposium deals with Alva Noe's book "Action in Perception" which argues that perceiving is a way of acting, and that perception is not something that happens to us, or in us. Rather it is something we do. The review by Clark is interesting.

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