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Re: Ufology And Psychiatry - Summary

From: William Treurniet <wtreurniet.nul>
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2012 17:49:14 -0400
Archived: Wed, 25 Apr 2012 05:31:14 -0400
Subject: Re: Ufology And Psychiatry - Summary

>From: Martin Shough<parcellular.nul>
>Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2012 17:12:36 +0100
>Subject: Re: Ufology And Psychiatry - Summary

>>From: Cathy Reason<Cathym.nul>
>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto<post.nul>
>>Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2012 18:47:44 +0100
>>Subject: Re: Ufology And Psychiatry - Summary


>>We have models for understanding how the brain identifies
>>targets from fields of heterogeneous distractors (sometimes
>>known as "visual clutter"). These models are built up of local
>>processing algorithms and it's possible to fool them by
>>presenting targets in a highly cluttered environment (one
>>involving a lot of heterogeneous distractors) or by cueing
>>attention to look in the wrong place, as you have described
>>here.  But as I mentioned in a previous post, these errors are
>>highly specific to the circumstances that create them.  There is
>>no need to imagine some generic cognitive homunculus creating
>>"models of reality" and thus no reason to regard these sorts of
>>errors as systemic. And systemic error is surely what
>>unreliability entails.

>Hi Cathy

>>From the sidelines, I'm reminded of Kuhn's use of the Brunner&
>Postman card-viewing experiment to illustrate a sort of anomaly-
>blindness which he thought characteristic of "normal science"
>within the paradigm. I dare say this is passe in today's
>circles, and I'm not sure if he intended it to be more than an
>analogy; but I confess that it has always struck me as tempting
>to generalise it from the particular perceptual case not merely
>to epochs of human culture but to the human condition itself.

>If there are aspects of "the world" (meaning the entirety of
>_potential_ human experience) to which we have not (yet) been
>exposed (so as to acquire evolutionarily-adapted expectations in
>relation to them), what happens if and when we do encounter
>them? Could it be said that human expectation of a fundamentally
>surprise-free future (of "normal" experience in Kuhnian terms)
>amounts to a "systemic error" in relation to experience that
>exists beyond the horizon of what we could call the meta-
>paradigm of human being?

>And if so, what happens to us when we experience those radically
>ambiguous "red Ace of Spades" type events?

Taking the Stroop experiment as a guide (e.g., reading the word
'green' written in red), it should just slow you down in naming
the suit.

I expected, Martin, that you would have proposed a more radical
departure from normality. Suppose, instead, one encountered
something totally outside the reach of human experience but
still capable of stimulating the senses.

My guess would be that that's when the pareidolia phenomenon
would kick in. If the percept included any pattern whatsoever,
it is our nature to interpret it any way we can. Perhaps this
stab in the dark would be the reason for any "systemic error in
relation to experience that exists beyond the horizon".


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