CPBD 082: Eric Schwitzgebel – The Unreliability of Naive Introspection

by Luke Muehlhauser on December 12, 2010 in Podcast

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Today I interview philosopher Eric Schwitzgebel about how well we really know our own conscious experience.

Download CPBD episode 082 with Eric Schwitzgebel. Total time is 1:18:36.

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Garren December 16, 2010 at 11:50 pm

Finally caught up to current on CPBD episodes! Unfortunately, I never did grasp Eric’s point about how we can be mistaken about our own phenomenal experience. Did anyone else have trouble with this and then the light went on? If so, what did it for you?


Luke Muehlhauser December 17, 2010 at 1:36 am


The most astonishing case for me is the discovery that we do not actually perceive color outside of a narrow range directly in front us, though it always seems to us that we perceive color in all of our visual field. Our knowledge of immediate visual experience is profoundly wrong in many ways, and this should humble us.


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