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A friend of mine has not-quite-complete-aphantasia, meaning he cannot "see" visual images in his "mind's eye", except for some rare occasions. When he remembers things he saw, or imagines what hypothetical things might look like, he almost never has mental imagery. But he can still recall information about what he saw, including stuff like "how many items were there", even though he did not consciously count the items when he was looking at them, and is only counting them by examining the memory when asked. I asked him how he was doing it, and he said it w... (read more)

Illusionist theories of consciousness say that people do not actually ever experience phenomenal qualities; we just have the very deep delusion that phenomenal qualities are a thing.

Whether it's a hallucination or not doesn't matter. Either way, our delusion tells us that we're perceiving things as "qualities", as "feels", even though all we are really perceiving is data. If I'm looking at something, then I am acquiring data that tells me, for instance, that there's a certain dark red shape at a certain location in my visual field, and a different reddish-... (read more)

1SurvivalBias3y
I consider it my success as a reductionist that this phrase genuinely does not make any sense to me. Yep, can't agree more, basically that's why I was asking - "illusion" doesn't sound like the right concept here.

I really like Graziano's Attention Schema Theory. Even more because it's essentially an illusionist theory.

1SurvivalBias3y
Yeah, although seems only in the sense where "everything [we perceive] is illusion"? Which is not functionally different from "nothing is illusion". Unless I'm missing something?

My piano teacher told me this about practicing the piano, when I was around 7 years old. I always remembered it, but I never actually have the patience to do it.