Re: Seeing More Than Meets The Eye

From: Damien Broderick (
Date: Thu Jan 03 2002 - 07:06:41 MST

At 10:53 AM 1/3/02 +0100, Amara wrote:

< a bunch of detailed interesting developmental stuff >

These visual atoms are often called `perceptual primitives'; I first met
them in THE HIDDEN ORDER OF ART, by Anton Ehrenzweig, about 30 years ago. I
think Steve Pinker might go on about them a bit in HOW THE MIND WORKS;
certainly he talks about Biederman's `geons', a related but different kind
of alleged visual primitive, in Chapter 4. Incredibly significant stuff
that's been repeatedly found & lost and overlooked for ages.

Damien Broderick

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