Date: Sat 31 May 2003 - 20:29:07 GMT
It DOES seem kinda like creation out of nothing; not only creation, but a
specific creation that is practically identical to a preexistent but now-
gone entity, without any connection between the two whatsoever. I, for
one, don't think that that is what goes on, or that it is even possible that
that is going on.
> Dace, '"reconstituted" from scratch' sounds like an unmitigated
> contradiction in terms to me. Can you explain how it isn't?
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]On
> > Behalf Of Dace Sent: Sat, May 31, 2003 3:58 PM To:
> > firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: New Scientist on memory
> > > From: "Lawrence DeBivort" <email@example.com>
> > >
> > > Recalled from what?
> > >From the past. Memory is the recall of events from the past.
> > This is the
> > common sense view, and it's rapidly becoming the only viable
> > scientific view
> > as well.
> > >
> > > > Though the author himself doesn't seem to realize it, the
> > > > evidence discussed in this article abolishes the notion that the
> > > > brain alone is responsible for memory. Every time we recall
> > > > something, the relevant memory trace in the brain is completely
> > > > erased and then "reconstituted" from scratch. If memory is
> > > > nothing more than stored information in the brain, there would
> > > > be no way of recreating the memory once it's been erased. The
> > > > only explanation is that we literally recall the past (often
> > > > making mistakes in the process) enabling us to reconstruct the
> > > > memory after the neural trace has been destroyed. Memory must
> > > > be taken at face value-- as a recollection of the past-- rather
> > > > than simply the retrieval of information from cerebral vaults.
> > > > We may regard neural traces as pointers to memories rather than
> > > > the memories themselves.
> > > >
> > > > --TD
> This was distributed via the memetics list associated with the
> Journal of Memetics - Evolutionary Models of Information Transmission
> For information about the journal and the list (e.g. unsubscribing)
> see: http://www.cpm.mmu.ac.uk/jom-emit
This was distributed via the memetics list associated with the
Journal of Memetics - Evolutionary Models of Information Transmission
For information about the journal and the list (e.g. unsubscribing)
This archive was generated by hypermail 2.1.5 : Sat 31 May 2003 - 20:33:35 GMT