Seminar #28: The Enactive Torch
The next Life and Mind seminar will take place on Wed. the 14th of Nov. in room Pev1 1A01 at 16:30.
Tom Froese will be leading a discussion on:
The Enactive Torch
The enactive approach to perception is generating an extensive amount of interest and debate in the cognitive sciences. One particularly contentious issue has been how best to characterize the perceptual experiences reported by subjects who have mastered the skillful use of a perceptual supplementation (PS) device. This paper argues that this issue cannot be resolved with the use of third-person methodologies alone, but that it requires the development of a phenomenological pragmatics. In particular, it is necessary that the experimenters become skillful in the use of PS devices themselves. The ‘Enactive Torch’ is proposed as an experimental platform which is cheap, non-intrusive and easy to replicate, so as to enable researchers to corroborate reported experiences with their own phenomenology more easily.
This seminar is in preparation for a talk I will be giving with co-author Adam Spiers at the Enactive Interfaces conference in two weeks time, so any comments/feedback is very much appreciated!
The slides for this seminar can be found here: The Enactive Torch