Even Odder Perceptions

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Psychology Press, 1994 - 268 страница
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Our senses bring us all the information we have about the outside world, but do they tell the truth? If you've never questioned this before you may be about to.

From seeing and hearing to feeling and believing; from the shape of traffic signs to knowledge of quantum mechanics, all our interactions with the outside world are mediated by perception. Knowledge is further distilled by the machines which help our own biological mechanisms--magnifying glasses, electric lights and, and, even more powerfully--computer technology. However, if the natural structures of perception can affect our interpretation of the world, how much more dramatically might these tools of accuracy distort reality?

In his latest collection of essays, Richard Gregory uses a series of whimsical tales of his childhood, family and friends, the famous and the infamous to illuminate scientific principles and puzzles. He weaves together these amusing anecdotes to form a personal vista of some of the most profound and puzzling questions in science today, quickly drawing the reader into debates on Hamlet's feelings, Schrodinger's cat, thinking machines and more. At times charming, entertaining and even confusing, Even Odder Perceptionswill always leave the reader pondering. Each individual essay stands complete on its own; yet read as a whole, the book is an insightful and entertaining study on the magic of human perception.

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TRAFFIC LIGHTS
1
THE CASE OF THE SUGARED ALMONDS
6
PERCEPTIONS OF HAMLET
8
WHAT USE IS A JELLY BABY?
18
IS SCIENCE BAD FOR THE SOUL?
30
IS SCIENCE GOOD FOR THE SOUL?
37
CRACKS OF DOOM AND KUHN
44
AT FIRST SIGHT
47
1
131
MIND IN A BLACK BOX
136
WHAT IS THE CATCH IN NEURAL NETS?
146
CONNING CORTEX
171
PERCEPTIONS OF WILLIAM JAMES
179
NEWTONS ALCHEMY
193
metal
194
SWITCHING BRAINS ON
206

AT FIRST BLUSH
55
SOUND SAGA
61
SENSES OF HUMOUR
68
ZAP
76
VIRTUALLY REAL
79
QUESTIONS OF QUANTA AND QUALIA
86
WHAT ARE PERCEPTIONS MADE OF?
104
A NUMBER OF IDEAS
128
MICHAEL FARADAYS PERCEPTION
228
PUTTING ILLUSIONS IN THEIR PLACE
246
2
254
51
261
Index
263
172
267
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