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By Russell T. Hurlburt, Eric Schwitzgebel

"In the Socratic discussion culture hired by means of Plato and via Galileo for analyzing medical questions and the suitability of latest equipment for info assortment, this can be a demanding contribution. will we flow past the discredited introspectionism of early experiences of unsleeping adventure with a strategy just like the systematic experience-sampling tools that experience emerged some time past 4 many years? Investigators of the problems of measuring ongoing notion and neuroscientists utilizing mind imaging know-how to review the character of human making plans, wishing and reminiscing will have fun with the cautious analyses provided by means of the authors."--Jerome L. Singer, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Yale collage (Jerome Singer )

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3 Does DES-Apprehended Inner Experience Faithfully Mirror Inner Experience? I acknowledge that DES reports about inner experience mirror inner experience absolutely accurately only rarely. So the issue is not whether the mirror is perfect, only whether it is scientifically adequate. There are, it seems to me, two kinds of evidence that DES reports might faithfully reflect inner experience. First, there are what I will call plausibility arguments—characteristics of the world and the method that lead me to think that accurate characterizations is the most plausible state of affairs.

However, those introspective reports have been gathered in ways that I find seriously methodologically flawed. By following the guidelines and employing the characteristics described earlier in this chapter, DES may, in a sophisticated way, avoid those flaws. 2. Prospective DES subjects are skeptical too. Nearly all prospective DES subjects think DES will be difficult or impossible, but they find it easy once they actually engage in the DES procedure. It seems reasonable to suppose that the subjects’ initial skepticism is somewhat similar to others’ (perhaps the reader’s) skepticism: it is based on armchair attempts at observing inner experience.

2 The Case of Robert In 1994, Asperger syndrome expert Uta Frith, her student Francesca Happé, and I reported the case of Robert, a 25-year-old man diagnosed as having Asperger syndrome, a form of autism in which the level of intellectual functioning can be quite normal. Robert’s IQ was 90, and he was quite able to perform the sampling task. Here are excerpts from our account: The characteristics of all Robert’s 16 samples were strikingly uniform. All 16 involved visual images, with no other aspects of experience reliably available to be reported—no feelings, no inner speech, no bodily sensations, etc.

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