Philosophy of the Arts


Farmed out perception: reciprocity

We perceive a chair as that thing out there, which allows us to sit on it, or to pick it up and move it a bit, etc. It is us who add the practical structuring, but it is the chair which adds the affordances, i.e. the actual or anticipated (or remembered) affordance: things the members of our body can do with the thing.


Remembering could be viewed literally as putting the membered perceptions back into their embodied coherence.


One reason why we have difficulty re-membering our dreams: their were never any membered perceptions of the scene dreamed to begin with. Other reasons for said difficulty: dreams consist of brain stimulations that have initially nothing to do with bodily stimulations: the same, or similar, brain modules are stirred during sleep as are activated in real-life, which should account for the fact that we “think” we are perceiving events, when there are none; also: dream consistency has a highly literary aspect: we are in this room and merely associating it with an event from the past transports us there. The associations are lived out in the dream, hence Freud’s interest in them.

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