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Science in the Looking GlassWhat Do Scientists Really Know?$
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E. Brian Davies

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199219186

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199219186.001.0001

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Perception and Language

Perception and Language

(p.1) 1 Perception and Language
Science in the Looking Glass

E. Brian Davies

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the evidence that almost everything relating to human knowledge is more problematical that we normally admit. It starts with a review of recent work in experimental psychology, because it is surely necessary to understand our physical nature if we are to understand the nature of our thoughts. The first half of the chapter describes the wide variety of methods which have been used to investigate the differences between what we think we see and reality itself. The second half discusses the relationship between language and reality.

Keywords:   human knowledge, experimental psychology, reality, language, light, vision, colour

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