"Fahrenheit 451" and Theories of Perception
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Analysis of the cool medium of Rlay Bradbury's science fiction novel in terms of two theories on cause & effect in terms of changes in perception. Marshall McLuhan's theory of perception altered by technology. David Abram's theory of everyday perception as the primary perception. Bradbury's vision. How characters in the novel illustrate the theories. Problem of objective truth.
From the Paper:"One of the key theories of Marshall McLuhan is that technology and the way we relate to and view technology shape our way of thinking about the world. In his discussion of phenomenology, David Abram suggests something similar in that he finds that language shapes how we view the world. Both see a connection between our subjective perception and the objective world we perceive. Both would also agree that our perceptions are neither completely subjective or completely objective. We might think they are subjective, but McLuhan says we are shaped by the technologies we use and by the way those technologies extend our perceptions outside the body. Abram follows the phenomenology of Husserl and Merleau-Ponty and accepts the notion that perception is participation. If this idea is extended to consciousness as such, it could lead to the..."
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