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Neuromagie : imaginaire et illusion
Neuromagic: Illusion and the Imaginary

Author(s): Philippe Walter
Subject(s): Anthropology
Published by: Universitatea Babeş-Bolyai
Keywords: Creative Illusion; Symbolization; Cognitive Perception; Hermeneutics.

Summary/Abstract: Humans are ontologically imperfect. Plato’s myth of the Cave extracts from this ontological failure a theory of imperfect knowledge from which, according to him, men cannot escape. More recently, Gestalttheorie has called attention to failures in our visual perception system, showing how the brain interprets optical illusions by leaps of imagination and displacements of the imaginary world. This paper sets out to demonstrate how imaginary constructions are the result of subjective interpretations stemming from sensory illusions favored by the failures of our perceptual system (be they auditory or visual).

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 23
  • Page Range: 11-18
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: French
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