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Psychology, as it carne 10 be practiced, has cautioned us nOI to iden- tify innocently the world we perceive with he world hat "reall y" is; bul it has done so al the risk ofundermining our trustful familiarity 6 EARL y STIRRINGS wilh lhe reality in which we are al home.

The firsl greal psycholo- gisls of Ihe West. The Greek Ihinkers were subtle enough nol 10 simply condemn sensory experience bUllO dislinguish between Ihe wise and Ihe un- wise use of it.

The criterion for how lo evaluate perception was sup- posed 10 come from reasoni ng. Heraclitus had warned thal "bar- barian souls" cannOI correctl l interprel Ihe senses: "Evil wilnesses are e les and ears for men. Sensory perception and reasoning were established as anlagonisls, in need of each olher bul differenl from each olher in principIe. By no means. They were unwilling to exalt reason dogmalically al the price of deprecating Ihe sen ses. Democri- IUS seems lo ha ve faced Ihe dilemma most direclly.

He di stingui shed Ihe "dark" cognition of Ihe se nses from Ihe "brighl" or genuine cog- nilion by reasoning bul had Ihe senses address reason scornfull y as follows: "Wrelched mind , do lou. Our overthrow will be your downf. According loone of Ihem, the slable entities of objeclive exislence are approached by whal we would call logical operations. The wise man survcys and conneClS widely scattered forms idl'Us of things and discerns in- tuilively Ihe generic character they have in common.

Once he has collecled these forms he also dislinguishes Ihem from each olher by defining the particular nalUre of each. We nole thal, according 10 Plato, this procedure calls for more than Ihe skill of manipulaling concepts.

The comOlon characler is nOI found by induction. Rather , in arder [O find it one musl di scern the alily afthat generic form in each particular idea.

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There remains the question of how these forms come to be known sinee sensory experiences can deceive uso Plato's attempt to anive at stable generalities through logicaJ thoughl operations is complemented and perhaps contradicted by his deep belief in the wisdom of direet visiono Here, then, we have a seeond approaeh. The prisoners, formerly limited to the sight of the pass- ing shadows, are "released and disabused of their error. Gradually they become aceus- tomed to facing and aecepting them.

When Plato tells this story of iniliation he i5 nol merely speaking figuratively. The grasp of reality by direct vision is eoneretely ae- knowledged in the doctrine of anamnesis.

In the Meno. Socrates demonstrates that "all enquiry and alllearning are bUI recollection. Plato is nOI speaking here of what he usually means by "knowing from experience.

In the Pllllido, Socrates speaks characteristi- cally of blindness. One hardly furthers one's underslanding of Plato's posilion if one tries to eliminate the "contradiction" between his two approaches. The modero reader can soften his uneasiness by assuming Ihat the dilemma derives from the difference belween Ihe views of Plato him- self and those ofSocrates.

Such attempt s to adapl the Greek phiJosopher lo Ihe lidy alternatives of modern thinking can only 8 EARL y STIRR1NGS obscure our understanding of thi s complex figure- aman impressed by a first glimpse of the power of logical manipulations and affected by the suspicion against the senses while al the same lime c10se enough lO Ihe primary experience of knowing by seei ng.

It is not necessar ' for our purpose lo decide to what extent Ihe split in Plato' s view of Ihe world was still P 'thagorean, Ihat s, ontological and to what extent it was airead ' psychological in the manner of Protagoras, the Sophist.

Oid Plato hold Ihat the individual objects accessible 10 the senses are in themselves "imperfect," that is, inconstan!. Or did he believe that the stabilit y of the objectively existing archetypes reaches allthe way down 10 those particular entities from which the senses derive their informati on and that the deplorable di stortion of realil ' occurs only in the process of perception? Whi chever Ihe answer, what matters i! He went so far as to exclude Ihe sensory images entirely from the hierarchy thal leads from the broadest generalities 10 the tangible particulars.

The tree of logical dilferentiations ended.

In order 10 protit from what the senses offer one had 10 follow the example of the mal he- maticians. On the one hand il is he who introduce. This systemati zing, he says.

Through induction. Abstraction removes lhe more particular a! Thi s sounds familiar and modern enough. It supplies the emptied generalizations which have made modern science possible.

These generalizat ions limit themselves to what all instances of a famil y of cases have in common and ignore everything else. They are Ihe very opposile of Ihe Platonic genera. Hi s curious ex- ample of lhe baltle rout is significan! He thereby furnished the basis for our knowl- edge Ihat nOlhing exists beyond individual existences.

However, the indi vi dual case was by no means abandoned to its particular uniqueness. Immedi ately after describing the procedure of induct ion Aris- lotle wriles lhe remarkable senlence: When one of a numbcr of logically indiscriminable paniculars has mude a stand. Ihere is no such Ihing as the perceplion of the individual object in Ihe modero sense.

Aristolle is rightly credited with having impre..

But demand is correclly understood only if one remembers at he time Ihal he saw Ihis approach "from below" as only one.. The course of the stars was permanent. Simply shaped bodies rOlaled along geomelric::tlly perfcet palhs.

It was a world governcd by basic numerical ratios. Was i he purily of the shapes and the reliabilit y of the evcnts observed in astronomy and mathematics that made the Py- Ihagoreans conceive of a dicholOmy between the heavenly and the lerreslral worlds? Were hey still under the influenee of the notion. But the Greek philosophers of he sixth century were nOI primitives. Nor I,;an il be hal the wurhJ of he I;en! For cxample, Ihe Chinc Fauhy conducl could produce and! Ihe carpcntcr.

Ihe hUlcher. Ihe bowman. Ihe achieve Iheir loki n nOI by ilccunlulaling facb concerning Ihcir arto nor by Ihe energetic use ei thcr of or outward bUI through utili1.

Even in the West, however, the separation of the physical world into Iwo qualilatively different realms did not prevaiJ. Evenluall y, the visible difference between the calculable order of the heavens and the endless vafiely of earthly shapes and events was imputed 10 the inslruments of observation, namely.

Perhaps what the eyes reported was nol true. After all. This meant thal sensory experience was a decep- tive illusion. Parmenides called for a definile dislinction between perceiving and reasoning, for il was lo reasoning that one had to lcok for the correction of the senses and the establishment of the truth: For never shall lhis be proved. Examples were easily found to show Ihat perception could be mis- leading. A st ick dipped into water looked broken. Democri- tus had taught that since honey tasted biuer to sorne, sweet 10 olhers, there were no such things as bitter and sweet in themselves.

The sensations of warm and cold or of color existed only by convention whereas in reallty lhere was nothing bUI atoms and Ihe void. Empha- sis on Ihe unreliabililY of Ihe senses served the Sophists to support their philosophical skepticism. Bul il surely helped at Ihe same lime 10 establi sh Ihe nOlion of an undivided physical world, uniled by natural law and order. The chaotic variety of the terrestrial world could now be attribuled to a subjective misreading.

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Undoubtedly, Westem civi li zat ion has greatly profited from he distinction be ween he objectively exisling world and he percep- tion of it. It is a distinclion that established the difference between the physical and the mental. It was he beginning of psychology. Psychology, as it carne 10 be practiced, has cautioned us nOI to iden- tify innocently the world we perceive with he world hat "reall y" is; bul it has done so al the risk ofundermining our trustful familiarity 6 EARL y STIRRINGS wilh lhe reality in which we are al home.

The firsl greal psycholo- gisls of Ihe West. The Greek Ihinkers were subtle enough nol 10 simply condemn sensory experience bUllO dislinguish between Ihe wise and Ihe un- wise use of it. The criterion for how lo evaluate perception was sup- posed 10 come from reasoni ng. Heraclitus had warned thal "bar- barian souls" cannOI correctl l interprel Ihe senses: "Evil wilnesses are e les and ears for men. Sensory perception and reasoning were established as anlagonisls, in need of each olher bul differenl from each olher in principIe.

By no means. They were unwilling to exalt reason dogmalically al the price of deprecating Ihe sen ses. Democri- IUS seems lo ha ve faced Ihe dilemma most direclly. He di stingui shed Ihe "dark" cognition of Ihe se nses from Ihe "brighl" or genuine cog- nilion by reasoning bul had Ihe senses address reason scornfull y as follows: "Wrelched mind , do lou.

Our overthrow will be your downf. According loone of Ihem, the slable entities of objeclive exislence are approached by whal we would call logical operations. The wise man survcys and conneClS widely scattered forms idl'Us of things and discerns in- tuilively Ihe generic character they have in common.

Once he has collecled these forms he also dislinguishes Ihem from each olher by defining the particular nalUre of each. We nole thal, according 10 Plato, this procedure calls for more than Ihe skill of manipulaling concepts. The comOlon characler is nOI found by induction.

Rather , in arder [O find it one musl di scern the alily afthat generic form in each particular idea. There remains the question of how these forms come to be known sinee sensory experiences can deceive uso Plato's attempt to anive at stable generalities through logicaJ thoughl operations is complemented and perhaps contradicted by his deep belief in the wisdom of direet visiono Here, then, we have a seeond approaeh.

The prisoners, formerly limited to the sight of the pass- ing shadows, are "released and disabused of their error. Gradually they become aceus- tomed to facing and aecepting them. When Plato tells this story of iniliation he i5 nol merely speaking figuratively. The grasp of reality by direct vision is eoneretely ae- knowledged in the doctrine of anamnesis. There is no point free from these forces. But the life of a percept — its expression and meaning — derives entirely from the activity of the perceptual forces.

Any line drawn on a sheet of paper, is like a rock thrown into a pond. Seeing is the perception of action. Every aspect of a visual experience has its physiological counterpart in the nervous system p.

Physiological Field Processes : The nature of these brain processes is such that they can be thought of as field processes where interactions between the parts and the whole are a general phenomenon.

Dynamic effect : Visual weight is always a dynamic effect, but the tension [it produces] is not necessarily oriented along a direction within the picture plane. According to the lever principle, the weight of an element increases in relation to its distance from the center.

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Why is that? Perhaps due to a counterbalancing effect to foreshortening. Intrinsic interest : Because of its formal complexity, intricacy, or other peculiarity, a visual area may look heavier. Isolation : Makes for weight; e.

Compactness, i. Weights attraction : Attraction exerted by the weights of neighboring elements. Structural skeleton : Directions along the axes of the structural skeleton of a shape. Subject matter : E. Movement : E. That is, weight in the upper part of perceived space counts more than in the lower part. Environmental orientation : The objective, physical vertical gravitational direction. If we invert them, i. Even if the horizontal and vertical lines have the same length, the vertical one appears much longer see Fig.

The diagonal that runs from bottom left to top right is seen as ascending, the other as descending. Any pictorial object looks heavier at the right side of the picture. The observer subjectively identifies with the left, and whatever appears there as- sumes greater importance.

Pictorial movement toward the right is perceived as being easier. Principle 1. What is Shape? Perceptual shape may change considerably when its spatial orientation or its environment changes. Visual shapes influence one another.The neglect of the arts is only the most tangible symptom of Ihe widespread unemployment of the senses in every field of academic study.

At carly stages of refinernem. Why is that? When Plato tells this story of iniliation he i5 nol merely speaking figuratively. It is a distinclion that established the difference between the physical and the mental. We can be confidenl that Arislotlc's acule mind would h:we spotled such a fiaw himself.

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