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How Well Do We Know Our Own Conscious Experience? The Case of Human Echolocation

Schwitzgebel, Eric and Gordon, Michael S (2000) How Well Do We Know Our Own Conscious Experience? The Case of Human Echolocation. [Preprint]


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Researchers from the 1940's through the present have found that normal, sighted people can echolocate - that is, detect properties of silent objects by attending to sound reflected from them. We argue that echolocation is a normal part of our perceptual experience and that there is something 'it is like' to echolocate. Furthermore, we argue that people are often grossly mistaken about their experience of echolocation. If so, echolocation provides a counterexample to the view that we cannot be mistaken about our own current phenomenology.

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Item Type: Preprint
Schwitzgebel, Eric
Gordon, Michael S
Keywords: perception, hearing, audition, psychology, echolocation, experience, consciousness, introspection, self-knowledge, phenomenology
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Eric Schwitzgebel
Date Deposited: 09 May 2001
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:10
Item ID: 268
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Psychology
Date: September 2000

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