On Perception and Some Consequences: The World, the Brain and Infinity
International Journal of Philosophy
Volume 2, Issue 5, October 2014, Pages: 60-71
Received: Nov. 17, 2014; Accepted: Nov. 25, 2014; Published: Nov. 28, 2014
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Alfred Abächerli, Lausanne, Switzerland
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This paper presents a new type of perception that consists of adding something to the sensory data that is not present in any of the brain states or in sensory data of the past or present, not even implicitly. This capacity to create structural novelty, which is called ‘completion’ done by the open brain, is the key to resolving many epistemological problems (paradoxes of knowledge). Combined with real infinity in the world, it gives, together with incommensurability and intentionality, a clear account of objectivity, conceptualization, free will and other problematic issues. We call this ‘objective multi-relativism,’ allowing several incommensurable truths referring to an identical invariance in reality. Finally, good faith and bad faith are introduced as epistemological principles, which are the driving forces that allow us to agree or not on something incommensurable. This is not a theory of knowledge but just a logical study of what would happen to the above issues if the different considered forms of infinity were the case.
Paradox, Perception, Infinity, Incommensurability, Intentionality, Completion, Open Brain, Good Faith, Bad Faith
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