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Philosophy of Memory

Mnemosyne + Gnosis

Susannah Kate Devitt
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Please assume ... that there is in our souls a block of wax, in one case larger, in another smaller, in one case the wax is purer, in another more impure and harder, in some cases softer, and in some of proper quality...Let us, then, say that this is the gift of Memory, the mother of the Muses, and that whenever we wish to remember anything we see or hear or think of in our own minds, we hold this wax under the perceptions and thoughts and imprint them upon it, just as we make impressions from seal rings; and whatever is imprinted we remember and know as long as its image lasts, but whatever is rubbed out or cannot be imprinted we forget and do not know."
Socrates to Theaetetus. Plato, Theaetetus 191d

I am a philosopher and cognitive scientist working as a Transformational Learning and Teaching Fellow and Academic Skills Adviser for Creative Industries at QUT. I am interested in how to create better learning experiences and outcomes to improve wellbeing and sustainability in a 21st Century interconnected world.

I have a research and teaching background. My research focus is empirically grounded analytic philosophy including: memory, naturalized epistemology, probabilistic reasoning and philosophy of mind (imagination, pretense, wellbeing and decision-making under uncertainty). I have taught at the University of Melbourne, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology. My teaching background is in western analytic philosophy and cognitive science.

I am also an eLearning project manager and entrepreneur. In 2012 I project managed the curriculum redesign of a compulsory advanced information research skills unit for all PhD students at QUT http://airs.library.qut.edu.au ensuring it was a truly open, flexible, blended learning experience beneficial for all commencing PhD students across all faculties. In 2007 I started my own media company Whole Media focussed on podcasting and web-content delivery. Through this I created A Climate Affair, a top rating environmental news podcast 2007-2008.

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