Theory and Decision Library A:

Seeing, Thinking and Knowing

Meaning and Self-Organisation in Visual Cognition and Thought

Editors: Carsetti, A. (Ed.)

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According to Putnam to talk of “facts” without specifying the language to be used is to talk of nothing; “object” itself has many uses and as we creatively invent new uses of words “we find that we can speak of ‘objects’that were not ‘values of any variable’in 1 any language we previously spoke” . The notion of object becomes, then, like the notion of reference, a sort of open land, an unknown territory. The exploration of this land - pears to be constrained by use and invention. But, we may wonder, is it possible to guide invention and control use? In what way, in particular, is it possible, at the level of na- ral language, to link together program expressions and natural evolution? To give an answer to these onerous questions we should immediately point out that cognition (as well as natural language) has to be considered first of all as a peculiar fu- tion of active biosystems and that it results from complex interactions between the - ganism and its surroundings. “In the moment an organism perceives an object of wh- ever kind, it immediately begins to ‘interpret’this object in order to react properly to it . . . It is not necessary for the monkey to perceive the tree in itself. . . What counts is sur- 2 vival” .

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Carsetti, Arturo

    Pages 7-26

  • Neural Models of Seeing and Thinking

    Grossberg, Stephen

    Pages 29-54

  • Functional Architecture of the Visual Cortex and Variational Models for Kanizsa’s Modal Subjective Contours

    Petitot, Jean

    Pages 55-69

  • Gestalt Theory and Computer Vision

    Desolneux, Agnè (et al.)

    Pages 71-101

  • Towards an Analytic Phenomenology: The Concepts of “Bodiliness” and “Grabbiness”

    O’Regan, J. Kevin (et al.)

    Pages 103-114

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Seeing, Thinking and Knowing
Book Subtitle
Meaning and Self-Organisation in Visual Cognition and Thought
Editors
  • A. Carsetti
Series Title
Theory and Decision Library A:
Series Volume
38
Copyright
2004
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-2081-0
DOI
10.1007/1-4020-2081-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-2080-3
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-6588-9
Series ISSN
0921-3384
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
II, 358
Number of Illustrations and Tables
112 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour
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