Single Idea 12647

[catalogued under 18. Thought / B. Mechanics of Thought / 5. Mental Files]

Full Idea

Mental representations can serve both as names for things in the world and as names of files in the memory.

Gist of Idea

Mental representations name things in the world, but also files in our memory


Jerry A. Fodor (LOT 2 [2008], Ch.3 App)

Book Reference

Fodor,Jerry A.: 'LOT 2: the Language of Thought Revisited' [OUP 2008], p.94

A Reaction

I am laughed at for liking this idea (given the present files of ideas before you), but I think this it is very powerful. Chicken before egg. I was drawn to databases precisely because they seemed to map how the mind worked.