Or sensationism; In philosophy, the doctrine that all our knowledge rests ultimately on sense data, or sensations, which are received by us free from any element of interpretation or judgment. The theory originated with English philosopher John Locke, but the term comes from his French follower Etienne de Condillac.
1. Subject matter that is calculated to excite and please vulgar tastes.
2. The journalistic use of subject matter that appeals to vulgar tastes; SYN. luridness.
Belief that ideas originate solely in sensation