Essay heading: Perception: An Illusory Clarification of a Dualist Perspective

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September 11, 2002

 

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This is the idea that, rather than information coming in from the sensory organs and being processed by the brain, "the flow of information progress[es] flows from the top down as it start[s] with an existing knowledge." (Braisby & Gelatly, 2005:77). Richard Gregory (1980:181-97) suggested that individuals attempt to recognize objects by by generating a series of perceptual hypotheses about what that object might be...
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He conceptualized this process as being similar to how a scientist may investigate a problem by generating a series of hypotheses and accepting the one that is best supported by the data provided. According to Gregory, we are forced to generate hypotheses because the sensory data are incomplete. If we had perfect and comprehensive sensory data we would then have no need to make up these various hypotheses as we would know what we perceived...
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