James J. Gibson’s Direct Realist Theory of Perception
Jul 03, 2009
James Gibson’s direct realist theory of perception—the one approach to perception in contemporary psychology that is fundamentally consistent with Objectivism—is presented in its essentials. Gibson’s radical primacy-of-existence viewpoint departs from other current approaches to perception: when we look at a tree, Gibson says, we see a tree—not an image or any other kind of representation of a tree.
According to Gibson, visual perceptual awareness is the detection of entities and events in the world, not the construction of an inner world of consciousness.
Topics include: visual perception as involving the pickup of information in light, perception as an activity occurring over time, why perceiving the world entails co-perceiving the self, affordances (perceived values), distinguishing perception from memory. This course has no prerequisites except a desire to understand the source of all of our knowledge—perception.