Volume 11 · Number 2 · Pages 417–419
Blurring the Differences between the Dream, Perceptual and Hallucinatory Experiences Is Not the Answer

Juan C. González

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Open peer commentary on the article “Exploring the Depth of Dream Experience: The Enactive Framework and Methods for Neurophenomenological Research” by Elizaveta Solomonova & Xin Wei Sha. Upshot: Enaction and neurophenomenology are indeed appropriate and productive theoretical and methodological tools for studying perception. But moving from the perceptual domain to the hallucinatory and dreaming domain with these tools requires a prior careful examination of the similarities and differences across these domains. The authors point in the right direction for studying dream experience, but underestimate the objective and subjective differences between domains, producing thereby both an unwarranted blurring of their boundaries and an unnecessary explanatory burden on the approach defended.


González J. C. (2016) Blurring the differences between the dream, perceptual and hallucinatory experiences is not the answer. Constructivist Foundations 11(2): 417–419. http://constructivist.info/11/2/417

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