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> > >This is getting very complicated. Far simpler if memories aren't
> > >anywhere but emerge from the act of recollection. Instead of
> > >an artificial memory system to the brain, we should be searching for
> > >basis of natural memory, that is, the recall of what was once present.
> > Recall it from where?
>You mean, from when.
>Memory concerns time, not space. Otherwise it's not really memory but
>merely the storage and retrieval of information. In our memetically
>ingrained, mechanistic worldview, true memory is a thing of the past.
>Artificial memory is just that-- artifice.
From my own experience and what I've read on the subject I know that
memories are reconstructed as much as recalled. But the elements from which
they are reconstructed come from within me. I don't have to use some
external reference to construct them. I've memorized thousands of lines of
poetry, but when I was trying to recall the Rubayatt the other day, I had to
go over certain lines half a dozen times to get them right in my head. Even
then, I made mistakes. Fitzgerald wrote too many versions and I keep
getting them mixed up. The fact that I memorized it in high school over 50
years ago leaves it scattered among all the stuff I've picked up since. But
still, if I work hard enough to pull it out, it all seems to be there.
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