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13.58Online Culture Editor Martin Chilton has been speaking to philosopher Mark Rowland, who has food for thought, and taken this lovely snap of Rowland and his son Brenin.

 Mark Rowland, the Professor of Philosophy at the University of Miami and author of the bestselling The Philosopher and the Wolf, said: "Memory is very inconvenient, forcing itself on you. And memory is horrendously unreliable, even with events that happened relatively recenty." He quoted Friedrich Nietzsche, who said: "Memory says, 'I did that.' Pride replies, 'I could not have done that.' Eventually, memory yields.”

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UserpicMark Rowlands
08.07.13
Hi Rainbow Bubbles,

Thanks for your kind words about my talk. Personally, I had a blast, so I'm delighted to hear at least one other person enjoyed it too.

So sorry for taking so long to get back to you. After Hay, I had to travel extensively for the next month or so, and had little reliable access to internet.

The memory theory is an account of personal identity and is compatible with there being no sense of self. And a sense of self is, for reasons associated with Kant (his so-called 'just more content' worries), compatible with there being no personal identity. So, the two are logically independent. On the long run, the sense of self breaks down (in my case, at least). But this is compatible with there being continued identity as the person you are.

Any help?

UserpicRainbow*Bubbles
31.05.13
...or views from anyone else! :)

UserpicRainbow*Bubbles
30.05.13
Really enjoyed your talk. Had a question that I didn't get a chance to ask though- wanted to ask about the concept of 'self' or 'identity' in running in relation to the four stages of 'self' you described in 'Running with the Pack'. There's two parts to the question- firstly, would you make a distinction between construction of identity (eg Hume's 'bundle theory', or what you were talking about at Hay about memories making us who we are) and sense of self (such as consciousness, or the experiencing 'I')? And, taking that into consideration, how would you describe that in relation to a long run? I'm doing a PhD in creative writing at the moment (prose and poetry) about constructions of self and identity, and the poems are mostly based on running in that context- I recently did a conference paper about it and referenced your book! I've been trying to link the two concepts, seeing a long run as loss of individual 'self' or identity but at the same time being totally 'present' as an experiencing self through movement, a bit like Deleuze's 'becoming' or flow, but I'm finding it difficult to work out completely and seems to get more complicated the more I read/think/write about it! Would be really interested to hear your views. Thanks again for the talk, it was really interesting!