Autonoesis and belief in a personal past: an evolutionary theory of episodic memory indices


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Stanely Bernard Klein
University of California at Santa Barbara
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In this paper I discuss philosophical and psychological treatments of the question "how do we decide that an occurrent mental state is a memory and not, say a thought or imagination?" This issue has proven notoriously difficult to resolve, with most proposed indices, criteria and heuristics failing to achieve consensus. Part of the difficulty, I argue, is that the indices and analytic solutions thus far offered seldom have been situated within a well-specified theory of memory function. As I hope to show, when such an approach is adopted, not only does a new, functionally-grounded answer emerge; we also gain insight into the adaptive significance of the process proposed to underwrite our belief in the memorial status of a mental state (i.e.,autonoetic awareness).
Keywords Note: this is an updated version of the entry titled "  The Importance of Situating Questions concerning the Subjective Indices of Memory ..."
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DOI 10.1007/s13164-014-0181-8
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Essays on the Intellectual Powers of Man.Thomas Reid - 2002 - Cambridge University Press.

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Remembering with and Without Memory: A Theory of Memory and Aspects of Mind That Enable its Experience.Stan Klein - 2018 - Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Practice and Research 5:117-130.
What Memory Is.Stan Klein - 2015 - WIREs Cognitive Science 6 (1):1-38.

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