Single Idea 3493

[catalogued under 12. Knowledge Sources / E. Direct Knowledge / 4. Memory]

Full Idea

We should think of memory as a mechanism for generating current performance, including conscious thoughts and actions, on the basis of past experience.

Gist of Idea

Memory is mainly a guide for current performance


John Searle (The Rediscovery of the Mind [1992], Ch. 8.III)

Book Reference

Searle,John R.: 'The Rediscovery of the Mind' [MIT 1999], p.187

A Reaction

This seems to be falling into the fallacy of causal and functional theories, which Searle normally dislikes. If memory serves to aid current performance, that doesn't say what memory IS, any more than a foot is defined by walking.