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Nov 3 2022

LIN Seminar- “Reverberating differences (our senses as sources of value)” by Casey O’Callaghan (Washington University)

November 3, 2022

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


4289 SELE

Please join us on Nov. 3, 2022 for "Reverberating differences (our senses as sources of value)" by Casey O'Callaghan (Washington University)

Host: David Hilbert

Abstract: What is the purpose of our senses? The traditional answer is: “To find out”—to learn how things are in one’s surroundings. Our senses are information channels. Gleaning information about the environment enables effective action, which promotes survival. This answer takes us only so far. This paper points to another answer: “To care”—to become invested in things that matter. Our senses are evaluative tools. Sense perception motivates and rewards certain activities, which shapes one’s interests. Beyond their familiar role in conveying information, our senses play an underappreciated axiological role. This lesson is brought into relief by considering the evaluative and normative consequences of sensory plasticity and diversity, which stems from a variety of sources, including typical development, perceptual learning, expertise, and aging, as well as congenital and acquired sensory disabilities.


Emily Beaufort

Date posted

Aug 8, 2022

Date updated

Sep 16, 2022