Smythies J. R. (1994) The Walls of Plato's Cave: The science and philosophy brain, consciousness, and perception. Altershot: Avebury.
Homunculophobia: The condition where mental sensations and images are denied some of their phenomenal properties ... on the grounds that such attribution needs an 'inner eye' to see them, which eye needs a second internal screen and another eye and so on.
Television provides an appropriate model for visual perception. Television is not just an analogy for the mechanism of human perception: rather, the latter are televisual mechanisms, just as the heart is a pump, and the elbow is a lever.
Most scientists manage to believe in two quite incompatible theories at the same time - [Representational Theory] in the laboratory and [Direct Realism] at home.
[on Direct Realism:] Any challenge to this bed-rock of folk psychology is liable to be met with panic.
Once we have consigned [direct realism] to the waste paper basket of failed folk theories, it comes as a shock to realize that all these extended and colored patches - my visual sensations 'out there' are actually in me, part and parcel of my own visual mechanism. The shock is somewhat tempered by the realisation that 'out there' does not mean 'outside my organism'; it just means 'outside' relative to my body-image. But this leads to a second and even greater shock to a complacent 'folk science' when I realise that my familiar 'body', as I experience this all my life in my consciousness - this mass of somatic sensations that make up my body-image - is ... also a product of my representative mechanisms, in this case of somatic