Tag Archives: Max Velmans

Talk: The Extension of Mind

It seems obvious to most of us that our minds are within our heads but some contemporary thinkers have other ideas. Can we extend our mind ‘beyond skin and skull’? Is it outside our heads already anyway? This talk examines … Continue reading

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Understanding Velmans: The Third Hand

In the supernumerary hand illusion , a rubber hand placed alongside our real hand can get perceived as being part of our own body, giving us a third hand. This is a slight modification of the rubber hand illusion, where … Continue reading

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Understanding Velmans: Subjective/Objective

Chapter 9 of Max Velmans’s ‘Understanding Consciousness’ takes a few pages to make the case that subjective (first-person) experience should not be treated as inferior to ‘objective’ (third person) experience, with the aid of 2 diagrams of people looking at … Continue reading

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Understanding Velmans: Taxonomy without Representation

In ‘Understanding Consciousness’, Velmans makes much of ‘representations’ which implies building models of the outside world within the brain but I’m wary of this notion. It is in contrast to Rodney Brooks’s idea that ‘the world is its own model’ … Continue reading

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