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Apr 22, 2015

Our Next Visiting Speaker April 24 - Nico Orlandi

Dr. Nico Orlandi, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at University of California - Santa Cruz, will be our next visiting speaker. She will be presenting a talk titled “Vision without Inference” on Friday, April 24 from 1:30-3:30 in McCain Hall, Room 185. Dr. Orlandi's abstract is as follows:

Why does the world look to us as it does? I defend the answer that the world looks as it does because of how it is. I present a way of understanding vision inspired by recent literature in situated and embedded cognition. Such understanding appeals to the structure of the environment in which we are situated and to our ‘attunement' to it to explain the way we see the world. This approach contrasts with models of vision in philosophy and psychology that treat visual processing as an ‘inference’ or a ‘construction’, where representational resources are used to produce visual percepts. One of my main claims is that postulating inferences in vision is both unnecessary and unsupported by the evidence. If we study the environmental contingencies in which vision occurs, and we properly distinguish representational states and features of the visual apparatus, from more generic functional states and features, we obtain an empirically more plausible account.

We hope to see you there!

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