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Without memory, time would not exist

March 13, 2019

Marcel Proust [In Search of Lost Time] would probably not reject the conclusion of Matthew L. Shapiro in the recent issue of Nature Neuroscience [Time is just a memory] about the findings in neurobiological representation of time [Precise temporal memories are supported by the lateral entorhinal cortex in humans]:

"Without memory, time would not exist; memory is its only evidence. Like space, time is an a priori notion, an inescapable mental framework. We think about time objectively as a continuous,

infinite series of regular intervals. The new findings suggest that specific neural circuits parse the continuity of experience into sequences of discrete events framed by behavioral episodes. Episodes provides a template for structuring memory by framing the start, continuation, and end of sequences with reference to biologically meaningful goals, improving decision-making by anticipating the outcomes of potential actions."

 

So we have to re-evaluate how we approach time. Proust might respond like  “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” 

 

 

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