From: Dace (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon 02 Jun 2003 - 00:36:59 GMT
> From: email@example.com
> > The brain does not contain records of memories but mere "traces" that
> > point us to them. A trace can be wiped clean at the moment we
> > remember it because, now that we recall it, we don't need the trace
> > anymore. But we'll need it the next time we want to recall it. So
> > the trace is re-fixed. But if the fix isn't carried out, there's
> > nothing left, no "dynamized" or "fluidified" or "unmoored" relic.
> > Simply nothing.
> No, a memory that has been accessed is still in the brain, it is just in
> realm of attention rather than being stored. If it is not chemically
> blocked from doing so, the very act of reaccessing it causes the axons,
> dendrites and synapses, through the electrical-stimulation-induced
> production of the MAP-2 protein, to strengthen their myelin sheaths,
> increasing the fixation of the memory pattern and therefor reinforcing
> the memory.
Rather than answer my point directly, you seem to be rehearsing your
> > > Lawrence:
> > >
> > > Dace, '"reconstituted" from scratch' sounds like an unmitigated
> > > contradiction in terms to me. Can you explain how it isn't?
> > Ted:
> > It is a contradiction, Lawry. You can't reconstitute something from
> > nothing, and there's nothing in the brain that could provide the model
> > for reconstituting a memory trace once the memory is recalled.
> > Therefore reconstitution of the memory trace proceeds through active
> > recollection of the past. Without true memory, a trace would indeed
> > have to be reconstituted from scratch-- an impossibility.
> Once again, Dace attempts to sneak his pet Sheldrakean 'morphic
> resonance' magickal mystical Einsteinian-spacetime-denying woo-woo
> in through yet another back door he mistakenly thinks he has
> discovered. But doors leading the serious and ungullible to such
> pseudoscientific and nonsensical absurdities just ain't there.
Once again you reveal your tendency, when you can't refute a point, to go
for the jugular.
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