Remnants of Perception: Comments on Block and the Function of Visual Working Memory

Philosophy and Phenomenological Research (forthcoming)
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This commentary critically examines the view of the relationship between perception and memory in Ned Block's *The Border Between Seeing and Thinking*. It argues that visual working memory often stores the outputs of perception without altering their formats, allowing online visual perception to access these memory representations in computations that unfold over longer timescales and across eye movements. Since Block concedes that visual working memory representations are not iconic, we should not think of perceptual representations as exclusively iconic either.

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Jake Quilty-Dunn
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