On ‘traces’, ‘engrams’ and memory models

  • Jeff Coulter

Abstract

Human beings are linked to their past, to their own autobiographies as living arrays and weavings of events, occasions, persons, things, by virtue of their capacities for memory. Our access to history is in some part made possible by our recollecting events and states of affairs and accounts of events and states of affairs. Memory functions are, and will be, topics for scientific study as well as topics for philosophical and practical analysis.

Keywords

Clarification Univer Metaphor 

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© Jeff Coulter 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeff Coulter
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of Arts and SciencesBoston UniversityUSA

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