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Why Red Doesn’t Sound Like a Bell: Understanding the feel of consciousness

J. Kevin O'Regan


This book proposes a novel view to explain how we as humans—contrary to current robots—can have the impression of consciously feeling things: for example the red of a sunset, the smell of a rose, the sound of a symphony, or a pain. The book starts off by looking at visual perception. Our ability to see turns out to be much more mysterious than one might think. The eye contains many defects which should seriously interfere with vision. Yet we have the impression of seeing the world in glorious panavision and technicolor. Explaining how this can be the case leads to a new idea about what seeing ... More

Keywords: feeling, visual perception, seeing, visual sensation, sensory experiences, sensorimotor approach, color perception, hearing, touch

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199775224
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199775224.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. Kevin O'Regan, author
Institut Paris Descartes de Neurosciences et Cognition