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Monday, January 28, 2008

Empedocles and perception

Empedocles' (5th Century BC) theory of effluences is one of the first to speak of the distinct organs of perception. He believed that different objects could only be perceived by their respective parts (a bell ringing by the ear) because the object being perceived gave off certain effluences. These effluences were a certain size and shape and only the correct sized passageways could perceive them.

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