Ducking In Cartesian Theatre

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Let’s now return to the opening question: what is the product of perception? This question may have seemed at first like a good question to ask, but it gets one off on the wrong foot because it presupposes that perceptual processes have a single kind of product. To presuppose this, however, is already to commit oneself to the Cartesian Theater. There are in fact many different ways of turning the corner, or responding to the given, and only a few of them are “pictorial” (or for that matter “sentential”) in any sense at all. For instance, when something looms swiftly in the visual field, one tends to duck. Ducking is one sort of taking. It itself is not remotely pictorial or propositional; the behaviour is not a speech act; it does not express
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