Arnold H. Modell Intentionality and the Experience of Time ABSTRACT This paper explores the experience of time from the perspec- tive of a concept of intentionality derived from Thomas Aquinas. As action directed at some future goal is determined by memo- rial categories, intentionality contains within it reference to past and future time. Meaning is achieved through action into the world and in turn the self is altered by that action. As the world is essen- tially an unlabeled place, we organize experience by means of memorial categories. Memorial categories ser ve as relatively sta- ble templates, modified by the recontextualization that follows from novel experiences. Thus, the sense of the permanence of the past, that gives time its direction, is a construction of our brain. The now moment of experience is not emotionally neutral; our relation between past and future time is mediated by means of feeling rhythmic synchrony, keeping in time with the other pro- vides the earliest medium for emotional bonding. Perceived time differs from world time in ways that are determined by the neural mechanisms of inten- tionality, in particular, perception of the self in action. The emergence of a goal thrusts the organism’s
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