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Is it possible to imagine a color one has never seen before?

The answer is controversial. Hume, 18th century British philosopher, famously argued that such a possibility is conceivable, that if we are presented with a spectrum of color where some intermediate ...
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Is color a hallucination?

A halluncination is to have a perception in the awake state when there is no external stimulus. Colour is not a halluncination. Instead, it is the result of our processing of visual stimuli in the ...
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Perception vs Fact

"there are no facts, its our perception" is a very strange claim. For a start, is this claim a fact? If it is a fact, i.e. if it is true, then there are no facts. But if it is a fact, then there is ...
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How did George Berkeley justify his disbelief in matter?

Berkeley gives two arguments in the quoted passage, and the first one does resonate with Kant's later arguments. But Berkeley's came before Kant's. First, he says that the notion of matter is "...
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What are convincing examples of "mistaken" qualia?

I think the sticking point here is, as you point out, the immediateness of qualia. But that's not actually taken for granted in the literature. In the physicalism vs. anti-materialism debate in ...
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What is the ontological basis for sentience arising from complexity?

David Chalmers takes the reasoning you describe and flips on its head: Levels of complexity can never account for the purely ontological nature of consciousness (his famous "hard-problem of ...
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What perceptual error is this?

Sounds like Sampling Bias to me. Andy's mental sample of gay men is more likely to include flamboyant ones than non-flamboyant ones, leading to overrepresentation of flamboyant men in the sample.
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Difference between Locke's Primary and Secondary Qualities

See An Essay Concerning Human Understanding : Book II, Chapter VIII by John Locke. Primary qualities of bodies. Qualities thus considered in bodies are, First, such as are utterly inseparable from ...
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Dreams inside dreams

The original story (the dream about the butterfly) is from the writings of Chuang Tzu (also transliterated as Zhuangzi) who was a significant early Taoist philosopher noted for a mischievous sense of ...
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How can we understand the "intentional fallacy" mentioned by Pylyshyn?

Pasnau calls this the "content fallacy", quoting Pylyshyn's alternative description of it as "the seemingly innocent scope slip that lakes image of object X with Property P to mean (image of object X) ...
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Proof that red and blue are different

Your definitions of your terms will ultimately decide about the answer, and they are far from clear here. But indeed, your sentiment can be understood as correct: The difference is trivially there (as ...
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Can we ask an infinite amount of questions or is there a limit to how many questions we can ask?

If I am correct, you asked if, as humans, we can always find a new question for which we do not know the answer. This means that there will never be a human that knows the answer to any question he/...
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Could color be a fundamental thing about the universe?

We have scientific understanding of a lot that is relevant to color perception, not only wavelengths but also of photoreceptors, how they relate to color blindness, etc. But the subjective experience ...
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Is there any good argument that time moves?

Answer Literally, time cannot move, because time determines motion of matter by way of v=x/t. However, it helps to think metaphorically about time, that we are an object and time comes towards us. ...
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Why do people perceive the randomness of events so poorly?

Causality is one pattern. You could say that the tiger example of @SwamiVishwananda in your comments states that humans more often are abductive (thinking of a rule intuitively out if a single event ...
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Kant's theory of perception

I haven't read your link, but I will explain the two terms in Kant. Regrettably, they are not easy to understand or follow, because they are tightly integrated into Kant's philosophy of mind, which is ...
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Why is Sartre averse to "images" in consciousness?

To understand this passage, we have to note that Sartre inherits Husserl's theory of intentionality. For Husserl, all intentional mental states have both a content and an object. I am directed at the ...
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In what ways is Merleau-Ponty following (late/unpublished) Husserl?

Good question, except that the answer is worth at least one or two doctoral theses. The question is way above my own amateur level, so perhaps this should just be a comment. However, as far as I ...
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How does Putnam's internal realism differ from indirect realism?

Indirect realism in perception is the view that we do not experience the world as how it is, but only through and via our interpretations of how the world is. Representation becomes a key feature of ...
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Is it possible to imagine a color one has never seen before?

Yes, you can imagine new "colors", and there are physically meaningful complex colors that humans don't really see. Short version We see with our eyes, and those signals go back to our ...
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Is it possible to imagine a color one has never seen before?

It seems trivial to imagine something that is almost like blue, but different. Some can even imagine a super-intelligent shade of the colour blue. It does, however, bring up the challenge of ...
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Is art the object I'm consuming or what is happening within my own mind as I consume it?

Perhaps not surprisingly, different philosophers disagree. Kant centers aesthetics around the judgement of the viewer. Beardsley focuses on the artistic experience. Danto considers aesthetic ...
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What perceptual error is this?

It is indeed both: confirmation bias and survivorship bias. At least it can be interpreted this way. Adding to this it is mainly circular reasoning based on confirmation bias: the tendency to ...
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Why that cave dweller is called a misogynist?

First, let me kill that idea. Anthropologists do not accept the idea that early humans were cave dwellers. While there have been a few groups of people who did, for the most part, caves are not very ...
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Can we see actual light (electromagnetic radiation)?

Basically, your question concerns the content of perception ("what we perceive"). As explained here, "content" can be understood in two senses, as in "the content of a bucket" or "the content of a ...
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Perception vs Fact

This is a saying based on the works of René Descartes. He introduces a way of proving things based on the idea that everything that can be doubted is wrong. According to this method your perception ...
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What determines individual experience?

You're making a category error: you are defining "your experiences" as something disjoint from the physical processes that generate your consciousness. But, of course, if the physicalist view is ...
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What do optical illusions, or other illusions, say about our perceptions or senses in general?

The Munker Illusion: Science and Philosophy by Jack Schwartz http://bioperipatetic.com/the-munker-illusion-science-and-philosophy/ The Munker Illusion is offered as yet another example of a so-...
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