One is tempted to believe that perception is limited to the reconstruction of meaningful objects such as rocks or chairs on the basis of raw sensory information. The topic of perceptual causality shows that one should resist that temptation and be open to widen the scope of perception. Subjective causality is by no means a mere reflection of physical causality, but is our interpretation of whether one event is causing another event. It often approximates reality and sometimes deviates substantially from it. The function of this subjective and immediate sense of causality is to make sense of the world and to guide our actions. Albert Michotte has in many ways become the father of perceptual causality by arguing that the phenomenal impression of causation is ...

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