Cognitive Notes: Why red doesn’t sound like a bell

// August 29th, 2012 // Books

Today I am starting a new section: Cognitive Notes. This section will include summaries of Artificial Cognition books that I find interesting and related to the development of intelligent Service Robots. All the summaries will share a common feature: they must cover the main ideas of the book in just five pages.

Summaries included here are published with Creative Commons license. You can use them and distributed at will, but please give credit to the author.

Why Red Doesn’t Sound Like a Bell

And starting today, with the book entitled Why red doesn’t sound like a bell (2011), written by Kevin O’Regan.

This book describes and interesting approach to the hard problem of consciousness, called the sensorimotor approach.

Basically, what his theory says is that feelings/sensations are not something that happens to us, but rather a thing that we do, and, what actually defines the object/color/sound/small/taste or feeling that one is having are the laws that govern how one interacts with it. As a conclusion: the brain is not the place where the feel is generated, but is in the sensorimotor interaction that is generated. The brain only enables the sensorimotor interaction that constitutes the experience of feel.

Here there is the Cognitive Note of the book: it contains a summary of the book chapter by chapter, including the main ideas of each chapter. You can download it here.

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