- How Holt suggested we think about brain functions (work for the chapter I am preparing with Andrew and Sabrina)
- Why we need to be suspicious of physiological "explanations" of behavior
- How the problem of "illusion" goes to the core of psychophysics, social psych, and comparative psychology.
Topics still coming from Beyond the Brain:
- The interesting discussion about Anthropomorphism
- Some instances where the ideas were great, but I didn't quite get the metaphors that were supposed to simply/clarify the ideas.
- How far should the "extended cognition" idea should be taken?
A Final Thought
Just so this post isn't a complete wash, content wise, let me add the line in Barrett's book that most made me stop in shock - unsure if I had just read crazyness or brilliant insight. It is a quote from Peter Hacker (on p. 103) that appears in the middle of the discussion of Gibson's system vs. the alternatives, and as cool as the line is just sitting here, it is even better in context. Hacker states:
To argue that since we can see nothing without having a retinal image therefore what we see is the retinal image is like arguing that since we can buy nothing without money what we buy is money.Having read the sentence several more times, I'm still not sure if it is crazy, brilliant, or maybe even both.