Memory, was Re: Platonism in modern etc

Charles Brown CharlesB at
Mon Apr 3 08:32:29 PDT 2000

>>> "Dace" <edace at> 04/02/00 04:13PM >>>
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Information retrieval is not the meaning of the word, "memory." When we remember something, we are bringing the past into the present.


CB: This sounds like not only time travel, but time removal. You must be speaking metaphorically.


When we retrieve information *about* the past, we are examining something in the present in order to learn about the past. If memory is retrieving information regarding past events, then reading a history book is the same as remembering.


CB: Given that "time removal" is a metaphor, this seems a distinction without a difference.


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