Walter Gerbino

No book for zombies

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A recent textbook on the psychology of visual perception is reviewed (N. Bruno, Introduzione alla psicologia della percezione visiva, Il Mulino, 2021). Three points are focused: the lack of an explicit reference to fundamental themes in the philosophy of mind, related to the hard problem of consciousness, qualia and the explanatory gap; the need for a better discussion of concepts like proximal stimulus and retinal image; the need for a more structured analysis of top-down effects. The role of textbooks in consolidating a scientific discipline is emphasized


  • Perception and action
  • proximal stimulus
  • retinal image
  • ambient optic array
  • explanatory gap
  • qualia
  • zombies


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