> Brent Meeker wrote:
>> No, I think Colin has point there. Your phenomenal view adds a lot of
>> assumptions to the sensory data in constructing an internal model of what
>> you see. These assumptions are hard-wired by evolution. It is situations
>> in which these assumptions are false that produce optical illusions.
> It depends on what you mean by information. Our hardwiring allows us to
> better-than-chance guesses about what is really out there. But it is
> information *about* what is really out there -- it doesn't come from
> the external world in the way sensory data does.
Not in the way that sensory data does, but it comes from the external world via
evolution. I'd say it's information about what's out there just as much as the
sensory data is. Whether it's about what's *really* out there invites
speculation about what's *really real*. I'd agree that it provides our best
guess at what's real.
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