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May 2nd, 2007
04:54 pm


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Humphrey's "Seeing Red"
Nicholas Humphrey wrote a book called Seeing Red: A Study in Consciousness, wherein he proposes a novel approach to consciousness, and in particular to the "hard problem of consciousness".

I had read John Searle's long, well-written and thoughtful review of Humphrey's book in the NYRB when it came out in October 2006, and now I've read Paul Broks's shorter and less critical (but just as well-written) review of the same book in Prospect magazine.

Both reviews suggest to me that the book is a worthwhile read. Humphrey's distinction between 'perception' and 'sensation', and the counter-intuitive proposition that perception is unconscious and sensation of our perception is what creates "consciousness" and the qualia is really worth pondering, I think. All that remains is to find some time I can steal.

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Date:May 2nd, 2007 11:01 pm (UTC)
I vaguely take credit for introducing you to this field. Am I right?
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Date:May 3rd, 2007 11:04 am (UTC)
'fraid not. You did recommend Chalmers's stuff to me (which I am yet to read, though I do realize "the hard problem" was coined by him), but I have read Dennett and Hofstadter between 1993 and 1996, long before I knew you.
Date:May 3rd, 2007 03:22 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but that book dodges discussing qualia quite consistently, as I recall. Then again I read it in fragments, so maybe I recall poorly.
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