illusive conception
   Also known as spectral illusion. The two terms were introduced as synonyms in 1847 by the British surgeon Walter Cooper Dendy (17941871), denoting a subclass of'ghosts of the mind's eye', which itself constitutes a subclass of what Dendy calls "phantoms or ghosts. The notion of illusive conception may be seen as a forerunner of the present-day notion of "cognitive illusion. Dendy uses the term illusive conception in opposition to the term "illusive perception.
   References
   Dendy, W.C. (1847). The philosophy of mystery. New York, NY: Harper & Brothers.

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