The Arrow of Mind
Episodic memory provides a peculiarly intimate kind of access to our experiential past. Does this tell us anything about the nature of time, and in particular the basis of time's direction? This paper will argue that the causal theory of temporal direction enables us to unify a number of the key features of episodic memory: its being about particular past experiences, its reliable representation of experiences as past, and the derivative nature of this kind of access to the past: that is, what the memory is about, and how reliable it is, depends on the content and reliability of the original experience on which the memory is based.
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Document Type: Research Article
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Publication date: January 1, 2017