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Re: Ufology And Psychiatry - Summary

From: Cathy Reason <Cathym.nul>
Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2012 11:42:17 +0100
Archived: Sat, 21 Apr 2012 09:16:45 -0400
Subject: Re: Ufology And Psychiatry - Summary


>From: William Treurniet <wtreurniet.nul>
>To: post.nul
>Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2012 14:05:17 -0400
>Subject: Re: Ufology And Psychiatry - Summary

<snip>

>The comment that the unreliability of human perception is an
>assumption is demonstrably wrong given the oft-demonstrated
>variability in relevant experimental data.

We can see how this sort of circular reasoning operates in the
case of visual illusions.

To the vision researcher, these offer an opportunity to examine
the mechanisms by which the brain extracts information from the
visual world. By constructing experimental artifacts, one can
test hypotheses based on how the visual system behaves in highly
novel and constrained situations.

Psychologists on the other hand proceed from the premise that
all human perception is unreliable. The purpose of all
experiments is then to provide an ever-lengthening list of
examples of unreliable perception. It matters not that these
examples are largely artifacts - the premise dictates the
conclusion.


Cathy



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