Michael Kubovy

In this paper I contrast two conceptions of the structure of lives: the “stream of behavior” framework (which I call “flat”) and the “concurrent strand” framework (which I call “deep”). The stream of behavior approach goes back at least to William James. In contrast, according to the parallel strand framework, lives consist of multiple strands each endowed with three properties: (i) continuity (sleep or engagement with a different strand are not represented in the flow of a strand), (ii) concurrent existence (when one is engaged with one strand, the others recede into an unbroken background) and (iii) asynchrony (by default events in one strand are not represented in others). Each strand is endowed with a rich structure, some of which relies on the spontaneous generation and use of narratives (even in those Galen Strawson classifies as having Episodic self-experience). 

Friday, September 15, 2017
"The Structure of Lives"
The Gibson Room
4:00 PM
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University of Virginia
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