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Sensory Blending: On Synaesthesia and Related Phenomena

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2018.09.17 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Ophelia Deroy (ed.), Sensory Blending: On Synaesthesia and Related Phenomena, Oxford University Press, 2017, 318pp., $67.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199688289. Reviewed by John O'Dea, University of Tokyo Philosophers are often captivated by psychological phenomena that strikingly contradict our expectations, and philosophical cottage industries can spring up around them. The discovery of "blindsight" was my first experience of this: people with blindsight act as though they are perceptually aware of something but report no conscious experience of it. Get thee behind me, Functionalism! -- or so some argued. But the problem was that 'blindsight' awareness is not functionally the same as regular awareness: the 'sight' that survives took statistical analysis of a forced choice task to uncover (Overgaard, 2012). On closer inspection, it was harder to know what blindsight meant for theories of consciousness. Some. . .

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