Thursday, September 28, 2006

What Shape the Umwelt?

"But what exactly is the structure of the
perceptual worlds proposed by von Uexküll? Can we draw
them on paper in the form of maps, allowing us to visualize
a particular animal’s subjective view of the world? Will such
maps allow us to predict the similarity of two stimuli (e.g., two
colors or two scents) by inspecting the distance between the
loci they produce in a perceptual space? Does understanding
the metrics of such maps help us predict how stimulus
mixtures will be perceived?"

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