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Sensation is the internal state of some creature in virtue of which it perceives things.[1]

For example, a creature's sensations could be brain states.[2]


  1. "Although 'sensation' proper is a term confined to bodily sensation, often one extends its use to describe appearances in all perceptual modalities. Whenever any creature perceives something, there is some internal state of the creature in virtue of which it perceives that thing. One can label that state the creature's 'sensation of' or 'sense impression of' or 'experience of' the perceived thing." [Clark, 1993]
  2. "So, for example, the internal state in virtue of which I now see the red rug and without which I would not see the red rug is (by stipulation) my visual sensation 'of' the rug." [Clark, 1993]