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At 05:34 PM 2/28/2002 -0800, you wrote:
> > >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.
> > frankie
>Our model of memory has to account for the fact that we seem to remember the
>experiences themselves and not just what we learned from them. Often the
>learning takes place only in retrospect, after we've recalled the event a
>few times and mulled it over.
And therein lies yet another problem with your hypothesis besides the
location problem, the mechanism problem, the short term vs. long term
problem and the accounting for brain damage problem. This is that we not
only remember events, we remember how to do things independent of any
events at all. If memory came from peering into the past we would only
remember how to do things by recalling a past time in which we did
them. As I am typing this sentence I am not remembering how I typed at a
particular time. I am only remembering how to type. Further I have no
recollection of the last time I discussed the concept of democracy nor in
fact can I recall any particular instance off hand in which I discussed
democracy. However I still remember and understand the concept of
democracy. Of course since you came up its dark back in time so you only
peer at the forms using the imagination as explanation for why things are
remember dimly so I am certain you have an explanation for this as well.
But all a priori anyway.
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