Re: ality

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Date: Wed Feb 27 2002 - 23:07:23 GMT

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    >From: "Dace" <>
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    >Subject: Re: ality
    >Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2002 12:37:14 -0800
    > > Hi Dace -
    > >
    > > >Any data storage system ought to have a minimal level of accuracy far
    > > >beyond that of human memory.
    > >
    > > No argument.
    > >
    > > But, who ever said that memory is a data storage system to bring it into
    > > this comparison?
    > >
    > > - Wade
    >It's the standard view. I'm not sure who first came up with the idea
    >(Turing? Von Neumann?) , but it's now deeply ingrained in the modern
    >outlook. So much so that to question it has become taboo.
    What's wrong with the basic gist of storage and retrieval processes
    operating in memory? When I experience something it gets woven into the
    matrix of my "engram-store". When there is a partial recurrence (ie a
    similarity) of this original experience it facilitates retrieval and I
    recall some bits of that original experience, though it might connect up
    with other similar stuff and the recollection might not be perfect. The
    original encoding was a mere facsimile of the original experience (a subset
    of what was there filtered through my perceptive lenses). Memory may be more
    active and responsive than a mere passive impression in clay, as we tend to
    impose on our environs rather than vice versa.

    Memory is sloppier (at least mine is) than the computer analogy may account
    for. It degrades over time too.

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