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The Sense of Time

Viera, Gerardo (2017) The Sense of Time. [Preprint]

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It’s often claimed in the philosophical and scientific literature on temporal representation that there is no such thing as a genuine sensory system for time. In this paper, I argue for the opposite – many animals, including all mammals, possess a genuine sensory system for time based in the circadian system. In arguing for this conclusion, I develop a semantics and metasemantics for explaining how the endogenous rhythms of the circadian system provide organisms with a direct information link to the temporal structure of their environment. In doing so, I highlight the role of sensory systems in an information processing architecture.

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Item Type: Preprint
Additional Information: Forthcoming in the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Keywords: Temporal Representation, Sensory systems, Mental Representation
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Depositing User: Gerardo Viera
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2017 15:22
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2017 15:22
Item ID: 14137
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Date: November 2017

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