Molyneux Problem: Yes or No?

Whats your opinion?

  • Yes

    Votes: 2 100.0%
  • No

    Votes: 0 0.0%

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Jan 2014

"if a man born blind can feel the differences between shapes such as spheres and cubes, could he, if given the ability to see, distinguish those objects by sight alone, in reference to the tactile schemata he already possessed?"


Forum Staff
Oct 2011
Italy, Lago Maggiore
Probably ... but it will take a bit of time: if you play a musical instrument you should know that you don't need to watch it because of what is called "spatial memory". Spatial memory gives to motion control 3D information. It's like when a computed gives instructions to a robot in a factory.

Now, the problem is that coming from blindness the brain will need time to acquire the capability to transform the vision into 3d spatial information. As soon as it will have done this, it will be possible to make spatial memory [coming from tactile experience] match with the visual information.

Dan Howard

Ad Honorem
Aug 2014
Its called neuroplasticity. The brain will rewire itself to take advantage of the new stimuli
Jan 2014
Btw the question implicates the first time the subject uses his vision after recovering it.
The experiences (right or no) reach to the conclusion that no.

Interesting to this question is also the notion of stereoblindness.