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There is an analogy with Shannon’s information theory here: A “signal” as yet to be received is a structural entity known to belong to a certain set of possible structures. (As an aside: The very existence of a question presupposes an intelligence, and the horizon of possible answers is limited by that same intelligence. Posing a question to another intelligence changes the set of possible answers. This limits the applicability of Shannon’s communication theory). 38 Jan J. , data). Indeed, the format imposes the meaning in a willy-nilly fashion as you discover (to your chagrin) if you typed the wrong format in your program text.

Several chapters expose the challenges faced in establishing coherent relations among these different levels of elaboration. Some prompt further questions, for example, on how to present a precise and detailed descriptive theory of qualities as the basis for an ontology of natural perception without reducing them to neural correlates or stimulus d�escriptions. Several chapters clarify the necessity to formulate a new quantitative method for measurement of visual appearances, as well as the visual operations that form the basis of perception and phenomenal experience.

4 The latter meaning is somewhat related to that of “clue” (“a piece of evidence or information used in the detection of a crime or solving of a mystery,” or “a fact or idea that serves as a guide or aid in a task or problem”5). This meaning is of interest because it hints at the fact that clues are selected. This is also true of perception: somehow the observer “selects” certain cues and “ignores” others. This must clearly be just a way of speaking, though, because cues are defined with respect to the observer.

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