Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary

Memory, imagination, and the asymmetry between past and future

Bjorn Merkera1

a1 Gamla Kyrkvagen 44, SE-14171 Segeltorp, Sweden.


A number of difficulties encumber the Suddendorf & Corballis (S&C) proposal regarding mental time travel into the future. Among these are conceptual issues turning on the inherent asymmetry of time and causality with regard to past and future, and the bearing of such asymmetry on the uses and utility of retrospective versus prospective mental time travel, on which I comment.

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