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ConsciousnessCreeping up on the hard problem$
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Jeffrey Gray

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780198520917

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198520917.001.0001

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Reality and illusion

Reality and illusion

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(p.57) Chapter 5 Reality and illusion
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Consciousness
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Jeffrey Gray

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198520917.003.0005

This chapter argues that although the brain devotes a remarkably high proportion of its overall capacity to vision, an understanding of consciousness needs to draw upon the entirety of our experience, and this depends upon many sources other than just vision. When we consider these other sources, two points become clear: that the very clarity of our visual sense obscures the reality of the external world perceived by our senses; and the paradox of illusion.

Keywords:   consciousness, brain, vision, external world, reality, illusion

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