Describing Inner Experience?: Proponent Meets Skeptic by Russell T. Hurlburt, Eric Schwitzgebel

By Russell T. Hurlburt, Eric Schwitzgebel

"In the Socratic discussion culture hired via Plato and by way of Galileo for studying medical questions and the suitability of recent equipment for facts assortment, this can be a demanding contribution. will we movement past the discredited introspectionism of early reports of awake event with a technique just like the systematic experience-sampling equipment that experience emerged long ago 4 a long time? Investigators of the problems of measuring ongoing idea and neuroscientists utilizing mind imaging expertise to review the character of human making plans, wishing and reminiscing will delight in the cautious analyses offered by means of the authors."--Jerome L. Singer, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Yale collage (Jerome Singer )

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5. Variability in between-subject reports implies my openness to a variety of experience. Different people have quite different patterns of responding. For example, one person reports nearly all inner speech; another reports nearly all images; another reports a mix of forms of inner experience. This seems to indicate that I, as one particular DES investigator, am open to a variety of experience. It is therefore not the case that I have a “favorite” kind of inner experience, or that I am “blind” to all other kinds of inner experience.

Thread: Interview techniques. 4. DES project) is aimed at that result. The interview is not structured, but instead asks that question over and over, in as many different forms as necessary, to focus the subject on the precise moment of the beep and nothing else. That is, we are not interested in the subject’s reaction to the beep; we are not interested in what led up to the beep; we are not interested in what caused the experience; we are not interested in whether the experience is typical or rare.

Russ: Nisbett and Wilson’s 1977 criticism of introspection is so widely quoted as to require comment. The criticism is that “the accuracy of subjective reports is so poor as to suggest than any introspective access that may exist is not sufficient to produce generally correct or reliable reports” (Nisbett and Wilson 1977, p. 233). Critics of introspective-like methods have often taken Nisbett and Wilson’s paper to be an unconditional refutation of introspection in general. However, it is not widely known that Nisbett and Wilson, later in that same paper, recognized the possibility of accurate reports about inner experience: “We also wish to acknowledge that the studies do not suffice to show that people could never be accurate about the processes involved.

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