Single Idea 3175

[catalogued under 18. Thought / C. Content / 1. Content]

Full Idea

To map things like food over time, animals must somehow represent events as having temporal properties, and somehow store those representations ready for later use.

Gist of Idea

Animals map things over time as well as over space


Georges Rey (Contemporary Philosophy of Mind [1997], 4.3)

Book Reference

Rey,Georges: 'Contemporary Philosophy of Mind' [Blackwell 1997], p.126

A Reaction

If the mechanisms for doing this are basic, then so is the ontology. Objects must be categorised, properties spotted, time-spans correlated etc. 'Represent' needs to be sharp to be useful.