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Re: direct/indirect perception

Dear Brian, and list,

the ecological approach has the merit of directing attention of research to the
information in the environment, and to how the adaptive animal tends to
structure the incoming information in terms of properties of the environment.
These issues are important to me.

However, what would we gain the day we will be able to state clearly: [1]
perception is direct vs. [2] perception is not direct?
Which will be the advantages of such knowledge?

Quoting Brian Gygi <bgygi@EBIRE.ORG>:

> Julien,
> I'm not the authority on this, but I always thought that "direct
> perception" is direct in the sense that all the information for
> perception
> is available in the environment, as opposed to more
> information-processing-oriented theories of perception which posit that
> the
> stimulus is impoverished and the job of the sensory system is improve it
> through the use of prior knowledge and inferences.  So direct perception
> does not really require intermediate representations or memory models,
> although I believe only the most hardcore Gibsonians would insist on no
> role for memory.
> Brian Gygi
> East Bay Institute for Research and Education
> Martinez, CA

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