That’s just, like, your color experience, man – The History of Questioning Color Perception

Thursday, May 8th at 8pm
at Machine Project
Free

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Have you ever wondered whether other people’s color experience is the same as your own? Have you ever wondered why you wondered about this: that is, why you wondered about whether other people’s color experience is the same as your own? In this talk, Professor Zed Adams details the history of how philosophical questions about the subjectivity of color experience came to be questions in the first place. He will recount how 17th and 19th century developments in optics and the physiology of vision led to a fundamental shift in how we think about the mind and its relation to the world. The goal of this history is to show how philosophical questions become questions in the first place, why questions that seem obvious to us today simply would not arise in different times and places.