LIFE PERCEPTION AS AN ILLUSION

We attribute some degrees of animacy, project anthropomorphic beliefs and share emotions with things, in spite of the sure knowledge that they are not alive. Such a blatant contradiction is not puzzling us: a multiplicity of layers in perception grants us the peaceful coexistence of incompatible attitudes. Which features are more likely to trigger “the illusion of life”, and which mechanisms are involved in our half-surrendering to “life evocation”? How do we attribute features of animacy, such as emotions and intentions, to objects, in spite of the certain knowledge of their non-animacy? This question brought me to consider, in the first place, some basic phenomena of perception, and in particular illusions. Attributing aliveness is indeed a kind of illusion. It just happens – we cannot help it – in the same way that visual illusions take place, following the principle of perceptual ambiguity - the certainty of many, equally plausible interpretations ... read more

HR

HOME

 


About
/CV

 

Research



Publications


Illustrations


Links

 

Contact