Bumblebees Solve a 17th-Century Psychological Puzzle

Bumblebees Solve a 17th-Century Psychological Puzzle


In 1688 Irish philosopher William Molyneux
wrote to his colleague John Locke with a puzzle that continues to draw the interest of philosophers
and scientists to this day. The idea was simple: Would a person born blind, who has learned
to distinguish objects by touch, be able to recognize them purely by sight if he or she
regained the ability to see? The question, known as Molyneux’s problem, probes whether
the human mind has a built-in concept of shapes that is so innate that such a blind person
could immediately recognize an object with restored vision. The alternative is that …

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