Response to Briscoe (2010)


should be sent to Mark A. Changizi, Department of Cognitive Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY 12180. E-mail:


In an earlier paper my colleagues and I put forth a theory called “perceiving-the-present” that predicts a systematic pattern across a large variety of illusions, and we presented evidence that the systematic pattern exists. Briscoe puts forth arguments against the theory and the existence of the systematic pattern. Here I provide counterarguments to his criticisms of the theory, and I explain why his arguments do not bear on the existence of the systematic pattern.