Color perception and neural encoding: Does metameric matching entail a loss of information?

In David Hull & Mickey Forbes (eds.), PSA 1992: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association, Volume One: Contributed Papers. Philosophy of Science Association. pp. 492-504 (1992)
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Gary Hatfield
University of Pennsylvania
Abstract
It seems intuitively obvious that metameric matching of color samples entails a loss of information, for spectrophotometrically diverse materials appear the same. This intuition implicitly relies on a conception of the function of color vision and on a related conception of how color samples should be individuated. It assumes that the function of color vision is to distinguish among spectral energy distributions, and that color samples should be individuated by their physical properties. I challenge these assumptions by articulating a different conception of the function of color vision, according to which color vision serves to partition object surfaces into discrimination classes.
Keywords Color  Neural function  Metamers  Physical instruments view  Biofunctional analysis  Comparative color vision  Horace Barlow  G H Jacobs
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