commonsense wrote: ↑Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:33 pm
Sculptor wrote: ↑Mon Jul 29, 2019 5:30 pm
commonsense wrote: ↑Mon Jul 29, 2019 5:19 pm
Can we say that introspection is a form of observation?
I take your point, but I would like to know what led you to say so.
Observation is about the operation of the senses; primarily sight upon the external world. "introspection", no, "extraspection", yes.
Some of our senses give us information about our inner world, such as our sense of hunger, or how we feel in relation to the world, such as sense of balance. Proprioception can tell us where our arms and legs are in relation to ourselves.
Introspection, poorly named, involves no sight, in the normal sense of the word, but is the internal working of the brain "looking" into other areas of the brain. What we call our mind, is complex no doubt, but I think it is an abuse of language to call it observation.
It might be relevant to reflect that the brain itself has no sensory receptors.