Blue Sky Thoughts: Colour, Consciousness and Reality

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Marion Boyars, 2007 - Philosophy - 271 pages

For centuries philosophers have disputed whether the sky really is blue or whether this 'blueness' is only in the eye of the beholder. But perhaps there is a better way to think about perception . . .
In this controversial and challenging book, Jamie Carnie introduces a radical new perspective on the way our senses operate, setting out to save our instinctive belief that colors, sounds, flavors, textures, and scents are features of the 'real' world and not just mental constructs that disappear the moment we look away. A minimal model of the mind as a virtual machine helps us formulate Carnie's universe.

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Is what we perceive objectively real, or only in our minds? Setting out to answer anew this age-old question, philosopher and software engineer Carnie begins with the philosophy of Descartes (who ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
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COLOUR UNCONFINED 1 Blue Sky Thoughts
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Forest of the Senses
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Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Jamie Carnie is a freelance philosopher and software engineer. He has been working in the field of colour, consciousness and reality for the last twenty-five years.

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