Re: ality

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    >From: "Francesca S. Alcorn" <>
    >Subject: Re: ality
    >Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2002 21:57:31 -0500
    >>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
    >Mightn't it be more a record of lessons learned, rather than actual
    >sensory records? Then the learning would be modified, but the
    >experiences themselves would be degraded.
    >Each new experience would be a sort of software upgrade.
    Vernon Lee's introduction to Richard Semon's _Mnemic Psychology_ has got me
    ruminating on many things memory related. He uses a web weaving metaphor in
    passing which might suffice as a way of looking at memory. He also remarks
    that memory (ala engrams) ain't so much about impressions but responses to
    which I'd hesitantly add Kant's quote (superior IMO to Wade's categorical
    imperative quote) from _Prolegomena_ (1997/1902, trans by Carus, Open Court,
    Chicago and LaSalle, Ilinois, p. 82):

    (bq) "The understanding does not derive its laws (a priori) from, but
    prescribes them to, nature."

    Thus, its not so much about us being passive recipients of sense impressions
    but about us imposing our laws on nature and this relates to those cognitive
    lenses we all wear which could very well influence the way we process and
    remember experience.

    In _Theoretical Anthropology_ (1967, Scocken Books, New York, p. xxii) David
    Bidney says:

    (bq) "All human knowledge of nature is a cultural achievement because, as
    Kant and Cassirer have demonstrated, man is not the passive recipient of the
    data of experience but contributes actively in constructing his own
    intelligible world by imposing his own symbolic categories upon the data of
    experience." (eq)

    BTW Vernon Lee also discusses non other than Bertrand Russell in the context
    of mnemic psychology, as if Russell was acquainted with Semon's work (in
    _Analysis of Mind_?)

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