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Weisel's 1981 Nobel Lecture: Empiricism vs. Rationalism

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In Weisel's 1981 Nobel lecture, he reported research performed on cats and monkeys by depriving visual experience from these animals from birth. The animals failed to develop basic visual perception and only recovered very slightly after the deprivation had ended. However, he also noted that some basic visual processing capabilities were present at birth even without visual experience with the world. Do the findings support empiricism or rationalism? Why?

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Empiricism vs. Rationalism

Empiricism believes that sense experience is the main source of our knowledge. Rationalism believes that a significant source of our knowledge is derived from other sources, such as innate or biology, that is ...

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This solution discusses how Wiesel's lecture on visual cortex supports empiricism.