Perceptual representations and conceptual thoughts are distinct kinds of representations. And yet, perceptual representations reliably elicit true conceptual thoughts. How can they do that? To answer this, I will first explicate perceptual representations as marks in a perceptual similarity space and I will identify conceptual thoughts with acts of inner speech. We can then explain that acts of inner labeling are driven by the location of perceptual representations in perceptual similarity space relative to remembered perceptual representations antecedently associated with labels.
Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 3:45 pm – 5:10 pm