An Ostrich on a Rock: Commentary on Christie and Barresi (2002)
Author: Durgin, F.H.
Source: Consciousness and Cognition, Volume 11, Number 2, June 2002 , pp. 366-371(6)
Publisher: Academic Press
Abstract:There are problems with both the theoretical logic and the interpretation of data in Christie and Barresi's (2002) interesting article. The general pattern of results (described as Orwellian) is easily incorporated into an information-processing framework compatible with Dennett's analysis. In particular, different aspects of the illusory motion event are queried at different times and these aspects (line extent and manner of appearance) are not in conflict, so no revision of conscious content is necessary. Second, too much interpretive weight is placed on an anomalous pair of data points (described as Stalinesque) that do not seem fully interpretable within the author's framework and are probably susceptible to one of several alternative interpretations proposed here, though further investigation is necessary.
Document Type: Editorial
Affiliations: Department of Psychology, Swarthmore College, 500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, 19081
Publication date: June 1, 2002