Feeling the future: prospects for a theory of implicit prospection

Biology and Philosophy 29 (5):699-710 (2014)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

Mental time travel refers to the ability of an organism to project herself backward and forward in time, using episodic memory and imagination to simulate past and future experiences. The evolution of mental time travel gives humans a unique capacity for prospection: the ability to pre-experience the future. Discussions of mental time travel treat it as an instance of explicit prospection. We argue that implicit simulations of past and future experience can also be used as a way of gaining information about the future to shape preferences and guide behaviour

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 89,718

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

The Time Machine in Our Mind.Kurt Stocker - 2012 - Cognitive Science 36 (3):385-420.
Memory, imagination, and the asymmetry between past and future.Bjorn Merker - 2007 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 30 (3):325-326.
Mental time travel sickness and a bayesian remedy.Jay Hegdé - 2007 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 30 (3):323-324.
The medium and the message of mental time travel.Endel Tulving & Alice Kim - 2007 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 30 (3):334-335.
The Paradoxes of Time Travel.Ken Perszyk & Nicholas J. J. Smith - 2001 - In Public lecture at Te Papa (National Museum of New Zealand).
Developing past and future selves for time travel narratives.Katherine Nelson - 2007 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 30 (3):327-328.
Time Travel and Time Machines.Douglas Kutach - 2013 - In Adrian Bardon & Heather Dyke (eds.), A Companion to the Philosophy of Time. Chichester, UK: Blackwell. pp. 301–314.

Analytics

Added to PP
2013-12-14

Downloads
47 (#295,424)

6 months
3 (#435,525)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?