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Seeing, Thinking and Knowing

Meaning and Self-organisation in Visual Cognition and Thought. Theory & Decision Library A: Philosophy & Methodology of the Social Sciences

Edited by Arturo Carsetti
Format: Other digital
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc., New York, NY, United States
Published: 1st Mar 2004
ISBN-10: 1402020813
ISBN-13: 9781402020810
Barcode No: 9781402020810
The world perceived at the visual level is constituted not by objects or static forms, but by processes appearing imbued with meaning. As G. Kanizsa stated, at the visual level the line per se does not exist: only the line which enters, goes behind, divides, etc., a line evolving according to a precise holistic context, in comparison with which function and meaning are indissolubly interlinked. Just as the meaning of words is connected with a universe of highly-dynamic functions and functional processes which operate syntheses, cancellations, integrations, etc. (a universe which can only be described in terms of symbolic dynamics), in the same way, at the level of vision, we must continuously unravel and construct schemata; we must assimilate and make ourselves available for selection by the co-ordinated information penetrating from external Reality. Lastly, we must interrelate all this with the internal selection mechanisms through a precise "jouney" into the regions of intensionality. obIn accordance with these intuitions, we may directly consider, from the more general point of view of contemporary Self-organisation theory, the network of meaningful programs living at the level

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