Silencing the experience of change

Philosophical Studies 165 (3):1009-1032 (2013)
Perceptual illusions have often served as an important tool in the study of perceptual experience. In this paper I argue that a recently discovered set of visual illusions sheds new light on the nature of time consciousness. I suggest the study of these silencing illusions as a tool kit for any philosopher interested in the experience of time and show how to better understand time consciousness by combining detailed empirical investigations with a detailed philosophical analysis. In addition, and more specifically, I argue against an initially plausible range of views that assume a close match between the temporal content of visual experience and the temporal layout of experience itself. Against such a widely held structural matching thesis I argue that which temporal changes we are experiencing bears no close relation to how our experience itself is changing over time. Explanations of the silencing illusions that are compatible with the structural matching thesis fail.
Keywords Time Consciousness  Change  Change Blindness
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DOI 10.1007/s11098-012-0005-6
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Ian Phillips (2014). Experience of and in Time. Philosophy Compass 9 (2):131-144.

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