Journal of Consciousness Studies 18 (1):118-129 (2011)
This rich book, the best I’ve read in consciousness studies, offers more at each encounter. It was a brilliant idea to evaluate Hurlburt’s Descriptive Experience Sampling method through concrete sceptical enquiry by Schwitzgebel, whose role as open-minded but hard-nosed interlocutor makes the debate an intriguing, even gripping read. The radically different views about introspective reports held by the two authors are put to the test in the concrete context of ‘an examination, in unprecedented detail, of random moments of one person’s experience ’.1 In addition to the ongoing central pursuit of the general question ‘Can we believe people’s reports about their inner experience?’, a raft of more specific issues are addressed as they arise in the sampling interviews. The book’s excellent organization, using in-text boxes linked by detailed crossreferencing into indexed threads, reinforces the thrilling sense that our access to the inner life of one person, ‘Melanie’, is bringing real progress on a number of fronts at once. Eric’s robust scepticism remains, but is tempered somewhat by being forced to confront the real constraints and opportunities of gathering information from a live subject. By the end of the project, he accepts that Russ’s ‘beep-andinterview methods’ deserve a central role in introspective science (p.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Scientific Methods Ought to Be Public, and Descriptive Experience Sampling is One of Them.Gualtiero Piccinini - forthcoming - Journal of Consciousness Studies 18 (1).
Scientific Methods Must Be Public, and Descriptive Experience Sampling Qualifies.Dr Gualtiero Piccinini - manuscript
Part Two The Interviews.Russell Hurlburt & Eric Schwitzgebel - 2007 - In Describing Inner Experience? Proponent Meets Skeptic. MIT Press.
The Descriptive Experience Sampling Method.Russell T. Hurlburt & Sarah A. Akhter - 2006 - Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 5 (3-4):271-301.
Getting Real About Experience.Inez Myin-Germeys & Erik Myin - 2004 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27 (6):801-802.
Describing Inner Experience? Conclusion.Eric Schwitzgebel - 2007 - In Describing Inner Experience? Proponent Meets Skeptic.
Do You Have Constant Tactile Experience of Your Feet in Your Shoes? Or is Experience Limited to What's in Attention?Eric Schwitzgebel - 2007 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 14 (3):5-35.
Re-Viewing From Within: A Commentary on First- and Second-Person Methods in the Science of Consciousness.T. Froese, C. Gould & A. Barrett - 2011 - Constructivist Foundations 6 (2):254-269.
From Panexperientialism to Conscious Experience: The Continuum of Experience.Gregory M. Nixon - 2010 - Journal of Consciousness Exploration and Research 1 (3):216-233.
No Unchallengeable Epistemic Authority, of Any Sort, Regarding Our Own Conscious Experience.Eric Schwitzgebel - 2007 - Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 6 (1-2).
Iterated Random Selection as Intermediate Between Risk and Uncertainty.Horacio Arlo-Costa & Jeffrey Helzner - unknown
The Time-Image and Deleuze's Transcendental Experience.Valentine Moulard - 2002 - Continental Philosophy Review 35 (3):325-345.
Characterizing Aesthetic Experience.Haewan Lee - 2008 - Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 1:161-167.
Added to index2010-12-03
Total downloads126 ( #37,587 of 2,158,283 )
Recent downloads (6 months)35 ( #9,361 of 2,158,283 )
How can I increase my downloads?