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Content of Perceptual Experience

Suppose a subject recognizes George Washington on a dollar bill. It is an open question whether this is part of the subject's perceptual (in this case, visual) experience that the person depicted is George Washington, or whether all that is visually experienced are colors and shapes, with the judgment that it is George Washington occurring farther downstream (later in the perceptual system). According to Thin views about the contents of visual experience, these contents are limited to color, shape and illumination. According to Rich views, the contents of visual experience can involve more complex high-level features in addition to color, shape, and illumination, such as personal identity (George Washington), kinds (banana, truck), semantic properties (meanings of words), and causation. Rich views thus posit more informational ...

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