Draaisma, D. [Metaforenmachine een geschiedenis van het geheugen. English]. Metaphors of memory: a history of ideas about the mind / Douwe Draaisma. A finely illustrated ‘history of ideas about the mind’ this certainly is, though more a book concerned with the metaphors, than with the essence, of human memory. Douwe Draaisma, Metaphors of Memory: a history of ideas about the mind. pp. Cambridge University Press. 0 0. Review by John Sutton.

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Which comes back again in the last chapter. Lists with This Book. This fascinating book takes the reader on a guided tour of these metaphors of memory from ancient times to the present day, exploring the way metaphors often derived from the techniques meory instruments developed to store information such as wax tablets, books, photography, computers and even the hologram. Or, who or what is interacting with the stuff in the neural net, making it a ‘memory’?

It also goes, with depth and detail, into the varying ways our use of metaphor can help and hinder, and makes a cogent defence or apologia of the necessity of metaphor, and therefore the importance of us trying to understand how we use it and what it does. This was written in ; “Each element [of the nervous system] – speaking figuratively – may be considered as a minute area intersected by an indefinite number of curves of different directions and orders.

May 29, Patrick Stuart rated it it was amazing. In the beginning, memory was seen as something supernatural, a part of the unphysical mind rather than the physical body.

Paul McNeil rated it really liked it Jul 10, Edit this record Mark as duplicate Export citation Find it on Scholar Request removal from index Translate to english Revision history. R Arnaud rated it really liked it Jul 03, A History of Ideas about the Mind. This seems to be related to the ‘flock of birds’ quality that brains have, important information is both linked to specific areas and, also, distributed.

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Brains break slowly, unlike machines where one thing splinters or fails and then there is catastrophic loss, brains that netaphors damage retain core functions, to lesser and lesser degrees, as more and more damage is done to them. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Craaisma is a lot of interesting stuff here about the deep intertwining of ideas, intuitions and metaphors about the mind and the development of computing.

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Metaphors of Memory : A History of Ideas about the Mind

So we kick into post WWI where people start developing telephone exchanges and the proto-mathematics of electronic computers. The splendour of the Bologna Stone; 4. Megaparagraph is a surprisingly pleasing word to write and speak.

Alex Knipping rated it really liked it Dec 09, Also, according to Draaisma, holography is something of the flaky over-rewarded celebrity of memory metaphors, often quoted, rarely drops a good album. There is nothing in here on oral cultures, which is pretty typical for histories since there is shit all information on that and you need to to a lot of ‘reconstruction’, essentially intelligent bullshitting, to put anything down.

I really liked this chapter especially and if I was sharing any part of the book as a kinda movie trailer it would be this because it works almost as a standalone essay. Theories of Memory in Philosophy of Mind categorize this paper. Theories of Memory in Philosophy of Mind. Draaisam, Models, and Mathematics in the Science of Behavior. Neural nets take us ever closer, clooooser, so that the metaphor and the model seem to merge, but through they can to a lot of brainy things, the problem of consciousness persists in the ‘homonculus’ the question in any mechanistic memory or brain metaphor of who or what is doing the regarding or operating them machine.


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KEEPER OF THE SNAILS: METAPHORS OF MEMORY by Douwe Draaisma: a brief review and summary.

Draajsma rated it really liked it Dec 23, Within the metaphor for man-as-an-information-processing-system there emerged in the s an exchange between the vocabularies for the human memory and that of computers. Leni Riefenstahl and German Expressionism: Every invention for keeping records and transmitting information was seen as a new way of illuminating how the memory worked.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. A term like ‘retrieval’ was taken by computer science from memory psychology. Stephane Lang rated it it was amazing Mar 18, Engin Onuk rated it it was ok Mar 22, That’s what makes this book so interesting.

Yukihiko Yoshida – – Technoetic Arts 6 3: Cecilia Dunbar Hernandez rated it it was amazing Nov 12, Open Preview See a Problem? The same is true for us, memory structures can be highly resistant draaisa local damage, especially core functions like moving the body through space and finding things.

Draaisma constructs an mmetaphors serie of arguments concerning the wider social and philosophical imperatives driving scientists and thinkers to view the mind in certain lights Cambridge University PressDec 7, – History – pages.

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