Parallels between hearing and seeing support physicalism

Stephen Handel, Mary Erickson

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Abstract

There are 2,000 hair cells in the cochlea, but only three cones in the retina. This disparity can be understood in terms of the differences between the physical characteristics of the auditory signal (discrete excitations and resonances requiring many narrowly tuned receptors) and those of the visual signal (smooth daylight excitations and reflectances requiring only a few broadly tuned receptors). We argue that this match supports the physicalism of color and timbre.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-32
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2003

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Psychology(all)
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology

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Parallels between hearing and seeing support physicalism. / Handel, Stephen; Erickson, Mary.

In: Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Vol. 26, No. 1, 01.02.2003, p. 31-32.

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