Bret Haynes i’m probably what they call a “hard physicalist”.
and I also believe in self similarity.
why do we sense lines around objects that we don’t really see?
The lines are there in our minds only.
if they are in our minds what do they look like in there?
groups of three cells lining up that loosely are at the same same angle as further away groups of 3 cells lining up etc And our mechanisms connect the angular dot groups and make a “line”
informs our motor system to where the visual boundaries of objects are.
if blind, fingers / hands serve a similar purpose to draw lines and outlines.
i can say that lines take up less room as data compression too.
both accounts aren’t entirely correct. nor entirely wrong either.
but by having a sense of the little internal living choosing machines working in the millions and what they may be up to helps me with sensemaking.
so the labeling thing : why do we associate words with these phantom outlines?
what are words? they’re physical too. vocal chord based even when written. hard to understand a word one can’t say.
so vocal chord patterns link to invisible outline .
it gets closer.
i have a ways to go and may go another route.
the answers should mostly form themselves even if they don’t lend themselves to a short narrative. maybe it will.