Representationalism

source: CogNews

In traditional notions of naive realism, our perception is taken for granted to somehow be a transparent contact with the environment, where what we view and sense as physical qualities are "out there" rather than mental states in our brains. In philosophy of mind, representationalism is a generalized label for arguments which contend that the world we see in conscious experience is actually a virtual-reality replica of the real world. This information site by cognitive scientist Steven Lehar covers: (1) What Is Representationalism? (2) Why Representationalism? (3) Common Objections to Representationalism (4) Some Debates With the Opposition (5) Implications of Representationalism (6) History of Representationalism (7) Contemporary Representationalists
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  1. dualism
  2. cognition
  3. mind
  4. representation
  5. representationalism
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Mark de LA says
seth 2006-03-27 11:07:23 3172
M 2006-03-27 10:45:57 3172
Looks like basic dualism to me

Nope!  With "true" dualism you place the represented space outside of the real space.  The "true" monistic space includes both the represented and representation. There is no reason to separate them. That is actually depicted in the diagram above.
The picture above has a world inside & a world outside the head - what do you call that?

Seth says
M 2006-03-27 10:45:57 3172
Looks like basic dualism to me

Nope!  With "true" dualism you place the represented space outside of the real space.  The "true" monistic space includes both the represented and representation. There is no reason to separate them. That is actually depicted in the diagram above.

Seth says
source: a fastblogit cartoon
Cartoon to contrast the represationalism with dualism.

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Seth says
Sometimes art and reality get into wierd syncronicities.  Witness what is happening here.  Right click in FirefFox on the picture above in this item (the original on in the item body itself), then select view image.  Contrast that with the experience of right clicking and viewing the image(s) in my cartoon for dualism


Mark de LA says
seth 2006-03-27 12:45:14 3172
Sometimes art and reality get into wierd syncronicities.  Witness what is happening here.  Right click in FirefFox on the picture above in this item (the original on in the item body itself), then select view image.  Contrast that with the experience of right clicking and viewing the image(s) in my cartoon for dualism
There is in fact something Zen there .

My def of dualism is simply that my experience of something is different than the thing-in-itself & that it is impossible to grok the thing-in-itself.
Zen on the other hand holds that all there is is one thing.

Seth says
... an entire Cartoon Epistemology from the same source.  Thanks, Steve.





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