The Perky Experiments – Clouding Imagination and Perception

In 1910, a series of experiments were conducted that have come to be known as the Perky Experiments. They have achieved an almost mythical statuse, but the result shave been repeated and verified. In the experiments a subject was asked to look at a white wall, and unbeknownst to them a faint image just above the normal threshold of visibility, was back projected in soft focus onto the wall. Subjects to asked to visualise in their mind an image on the wall. (keep reading)

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The Initial Experience of Things – Perception and Aesthetics

There have been many different answers to the question of what conditions are required to constitute an aesthetic experience. Be it Kant’s disinterested contemplation, imaginative free play, or Hume’s concept of the ideal observer. All seem to be focused on a relatively restricted set of conditions in which the experience can be said to allow for an accurate aesthetic judgement. Within a certain set of conditions, it may be true enough, though the merit of aesthetic judgement itself is not our concern here. Instead let us turn attention towards the initial conditions and components of involved aesthetic experience prior to aesthetic judgement. (keep reading)