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Friday, April 21, 2017 3:00 PM
Mass Humanities and Harvard Book Store, Harvard University's Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics welcome Harvard's Edgar Pierce Professor of Philosophy SUSANNA SIEGEL, prize-winning author of "The Contents of Visual Experience", for a discussion of her latest book, "The Rationality of Perception." On a traditional conception of the human mind, reasoning can be rational or irrational, but perception cannot. Perception is simply a source of new information, and cannot be assessed for rationality. Susanna Siegel argues that this conception is wrong. Drawing on examples involving racism, emotion, self-defense law, and scientific theories, "The Rationality of Perception" makes the case that perception itself can be rational or irrational.