Borges and Memory: Encounters with the Human Brain by Rodrigo Quian Quiroga

By Rodrigo Quian Quiroga

In response to specialists, Borges ’ s “ The backyard of Forking Paths, ” a
story from the 40s, prefigured hypertext and the Internet.
Quian Quiroga ’ s ebook unearths his wisdom of Borges ’ s work
and steadily, subtly, explains the way it pertains to neuroscience and
how the single pollinates or foretells the other.
Perhaps simply because his paintings is so just like Borges ’ s, Quian
Quiroga fathoms of the elemental topics working through
“ Funes the Memorious ” which are crucial for the improvement of
humanity: abstraction and forgetting. In his Naturalis historia , Pliny
the Elder had already talked about individuals with prodigious memory;
what to Pliny is a wondrous reward, to Borges, who proposal deeper
about the topic, may perhaps develop into a negative curse.
To Quian Quiroga, the cyberworld during which most folks are
immersed these days is usually full of undigested
information, similar to Funes ’ s mind. To Quian Quiroga our world
occasionally serves us with a hodgepodge of principles, photos, bits of
news, coming at us relentlessly, incoherently, and we prove in a
virtual global that alienates us ever extra and takes us ever further
away from what quite makes us human: mirrored image, the facility to
distance ourselves from the environment with the intention to frivolously ponder
and try and comprehend even a tiny aspect, the universe.

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I find then that I start in one place and end up in another—everything gets muddled. Take the time I was reading The Old World Landowners. Afanasy Ivanovich went out on the porch. . Well, of course, it’s such a high porch, has such creaking benches. . But, you know, I’d already come across that same porch before! It’s Korobochka’s porch, where Chichikov drove up! 12 In another session, S. confessed to Luria that he could not read nor study because these unwanted associations made him lose track of what he was reading.

Recited word for word his tasks for the day. The editor then suggested that S. visit Luria, who at the time was a very young psychologist in the early stages of his career. Already on their first encounter in the 1920s S. surprised Luria by being able to repeat effortlessly sequences of 30, 50, and even 70 letters or numbers; moreover, he could repeat the sequences in reverse order, or call out the item that preceded or followed any part of the sequence that 2. This book was made into a movie of the same name starring Robert De Niro and Robin Williams.

1, pp. 583 –590. 16. , vol. , New York: Dover, 1950), p. 680. 33 Chapter 2 436,” gives another clear reference. In this passage, Mill highlights the need to generalize and categorize: Even if there were a name for every individual object, we should require general names as much as we now do. Without them we could not express the result of a single comparison, nor record any one of the uniformities existing in nature; and should be hardly better off in respect to Induction than if we had no names at all.

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