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Single Idea 2984

[catalogued under 17. Mind and Body / E. Mind as Physical / 4. Connectionism]

Full Idea

It is possible to give an account of concept-formation without a language of thought or representation, based on perception, which in the brain seems to involve information without representation.

Gist of Idea

Perceptions could give us information without symbolic representation


William Lyons (Approaches to Intentionality [1995], p.66)

Book Reference

Lyons,William: 'Approaches to Intentionality' [OUP 1998], p.66

A Reaction

This claim strikes me as being a little too confident. One might say that a concept IS a representation. However, the perception of several horses might 'blur' together to form a generalised horse.