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The suggestion is not really of a distinct standard. It is that the sensation itself provides the criterion by which its owner's description of it is assured of truth. So the view comes to this: a narrowly sensory judgement manifests or expresses a sensory experience, and in it - perhaps, but not necessarily something is judged to be qualified by a proper sensible. ) Every such judgement either is or contains a judgement in which the sensation-content is identified and judged to occur. The sensation itself supplies the criterion by which this latter judgement is assured of correctness.

E. adequate - sensory information. But once again, is the perception of the object in such a situation supposed to be an hypothesis? Two different types of case have surely got confused here. In one, what is given to sight is much less than might be, in the other plenty is given. For example, I am looking in a darkened room for a small transistor radio which 1 am familiar with. 1 see two faint parallel horizontal gleams, just right to be the gleams of two bits of metal trim on the radio set. I stretch out my hand suitably to grasp the carrying handle if these gleams really are what I suppose, and we will assume that I arn confident of having picked the radio out perceptually in the dark of the room; a measure of this may be the confidence with which I go and pick it up.

The statement, 'The liquid is moving,' can then be called an hypothesis, but it also expresses a perception; and here I do not know what the sensory cues are. Now as Professory Gregory has spoken of hypotheses, they sound more like schematic sketches of possibilities. Take the example of picking out language from a clutter of background noise: we might compare this with clapping a sheet with both some drawing and a complicated set of holes on to another which exhibited a great scrawl of lines. With the stencil on top, what shows through, in combination with the ready drawn lines, forms a clear picture.

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