Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Memory, "what is a memory, how does it work?" Katy Schmader Post #2

I am incredibly interested in memories and how our mind attaches moments to objects, landscapes, music, food, etc, making these seamlessly unimportant objects important to us. It is as if we have attached these moments physically to every item we own in order to give it importance.

So on this mind frame, I set out looking for books, so that I could delve into this subject. I typed "memory" in, and Joshua Foer's book "Moonwalking with Einstein" appeared. I love Jonathan Safran Foer's novels (Everything is Illuminated, and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close just to name a few), so I of course had investigate the novel... what was this all about?

GOLDMINE. (in other words I have hit the jackpot.)

"What is a memory? How does it work? Why does a memory sometimes not work? What does that say about us? To what extent does our memories make us who were are?"

Needless to say I have checked out the novel (more to come later.) I think this really help me to unravel exactly what memory is. 

Also, quick side note, I love the idea of a "memory palace." 

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