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Sensory Impressions, philosophy: the concept of impression is intended to serve as a boundary to the concept of perception. It places the weight on information not yet processed on the side of the receiving subject. Perception, on the other hand, refers to prepared information, which allows classification, storage and evaluation. See also stimuli, perception, sensations, input, information, qualia.

Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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Chris Frith on Sensory Impressions - Dictionary of Arguments

I 179
Sensory Impression/sense-perception/meaning/Frith: thesis: we are not the slaves of our senses.
I 180
Experience/Frith: experience is not constantly dominated by sensory signals. We could not have hallucinations, but it would not be a good idea.
Problem: sensory signals are too unreliable. We should not be slaves of our senses. This only occurs in brain damage. For example, when these people see a glass, they have to drink from it.
Fantasy: controlled fantasy saves the brain from the tyranny of the environment.
1. How do we know that the model of the world that our brain designs is the right one?
Solution: this is not a real problem: the model does not have to be the right one, it just has to work so that we can influence the world.
2. How does the brain know whether I actually see a face or just imagine one?
Imagination: in a pure representation there are no sensory signals, and thus also no possible error message.
I 182
Reality/Frith: reality is always unexpected.
Imagination/Frith: imagination is boring in the long run, e.g. there is no deception in the imagination, an imagined necker cube never veers round.
Creativity/Frith: we create nothing in our head alone.
Solution: first by doodling, writing, sketching, etc.: we are shifting to the outside.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Frith I
Chris Frith
Making up the Mind: How the Brain Creates Our Mental World, Hoboken/NJ 2007
German Edition:
Wie unser Gehirn die Welt erschafft Heidelberg 2013

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