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Seeing, Thinking and Knowing : Meaning and Self-Organisation in Visual Cognition and Thought - Arturo Carsetti

Seeing, Thinking and Knowing

Meaning and Self-Organisation in Visual Cognition and Thought

By: Arturo Carsetti (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st March 2004
ISBN: 9781402020803
Number Of Pages: 358

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According to Putnam to talk of "facts" without specifying the language to be used is to talk of nothing; "object" itself has many uses and as we creatively invent new uses of words "we find that we can speak of 'objects'that were not 'values of any variable'in 1 any language we previously spoke" . The notion of object becomes, then, like the notion of reference, a sort of open land, an unknown territory. The exploration of this land - pears to be constrained by use and invention. But, we may wonder, is it possible to guide invention and control use? In what way, in particular, is it possible, at the level of na- ral language, to link together program expressions and natural evolution? To give an answer to these onerous questions we should immediately point out that cognition (as well as natural language) has to be considered first of all as a peculiar fu- tion of active biosystems and that it results from complex interactions between the - ganism and its surroundings. "In the moment an organism perceives an object of wh- ever kind, it immediately begins to 'interpret'this object in order to react properly to it . . . It is not necessary for the monkey to perceive the tree in itself. . . What counts is sur- 2 vival" .

Acknowledgementsp. 5
Introductionp. 7
Seeing and thinking : a new approach
Neural models of seeing and thinkingp. 29
Functional architecture of the visual cortex and variational models for Kanizsa's modal subjective contoursp. 55
Gestalt theory and computer visionp. 71
Towards an analytic phenomenology : the concepts of "bodiliness" and "grabbiness"p. 103
Internal representations of sensory input reflect the motor output with which organisms respond to the inputp. 115
Movemes for modeling biological motion perceptionp. 143
Form constraints in motion integration, segmentation and selectionp. 171
Scintillations, extinctions and other new visual effectsp. 191
Commonalities between visual imagery and imagery in other modalities : an investigation by means of FMRIp. 203
Forms and schemes of perceptual and cognitive self-organisation
Microgenesis, immediate experience and visual processes in readingp. 221
Language, space and the theory of semantic formsp. 245
Emotion-cognition interaction and languagep. 277
Appearance of structure and emergence of meaning in the visual systemp. 293
The embodied meaning : self-organisation and symbolic dynamics in visual cognitionp. 307
Name indexp. 331
Subject indexp. 343
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ISBN: 9781402020803
ISBN-10: 1402020805
Series: Theory and Decision Library A:
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 358
Published: 31st March 2004
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.79