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Knowledge of our own thoughts is just as interpretive as knowledge of the thoughts of others

4 November, 2011 Leave a comment

Peter Carruthers argues at On The Human that the idea that knowledge of our own thoughts is qualitatively different than knowledge of the thoughts of others is one we need to abandon. He proposes instead that the much-discussed ‘mindreading’ faculty used to understand others is used to understand one’s own internal state, as well, in a theory he calls Interpretive Self-Access.  Read more…

Self in Time and Language

24 October, 2011 Leave a comment

Cosentino argues with Dennet’s claim that language creates the self as a ‘narrative center of gravity’. Rather, she says, it is the ability to mentally project oneself into irrealis states that is central, and that episodic memory does not primarily function as a record of one’s life; rather, it’s an archive for generating recombinatorial predictions.

While the author notes that many other species have some cognitive ability to project (aka ‘mental time travel’, MTT), such as corvidae, other primates, etc, I think more could be made of the point that this is (perhaps?) not enough for a self. Read more…

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