Seeing, Knowing and Believing: A Study of the Language of Visual Perception


reviewed by Robert S. Guttchen 1967

coverTitle: Seeing, Knowing and Believing: A Study of the Language of Visual Perception
Author(s): Jonas F. Soltis
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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A student looks at a map which the teacher has pulled down in preparation for a lesson. What does he see? To answer the question we need to know more: more about the map and more about the student and what he already knows. In one sense the student, assuming that he has normal vision, sees what anyone sees who looks at the map. But in another sense of "see" he may not see the map at all, that is, he may not recognize what he sees as a map, but only sees a pattern of lines and colors. Or he may see a pretty picture. We know that it is a map, a Mercator projection of South America, and that is what we, in our wisdom, see. This situation illustrates only some of the senses in which we use the term "see." Now consider the situation in which we see... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 69 Number 3, 1967, p. 284-287
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2095, Date Accessed: 4/24/2014 2:43:42 PM

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