Attention and the new sceptics

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In response to new research into the phenomena of inattentional blindness and change-blindness, several philosophers and vision researchers have proposed a novel form of scepticism: they contend that we do not have the conscious experience that we think we have. I will show that this claim is not supported by the evidence usually cited in support of it, and I expose what I believe to be the underlying error motivating this position: the belief that consciousness is either focal (what occupies the focus of attention) or non-existent. Once we appreciate the phenomenology of the periphery of attention, we see that we have the resources to place the problematic phenomena in our peripheral experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-86
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Consciousness Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

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