Thinking About ...

... how writing and books began the process of removing information from realm of the memory and placing it in outside of the human person, and how the internet and a hand held or implanted device might complete that process.

8 comments:

Mainely Me said...

That's spooky!

Jenna said...

that's interesting. partly, because earlier today i was thinking about how inexhaustible it *seems* we are in terms of thoughts, and how God is *truly* inexhaustible in terms of knowledge and mystery.

JPB said...

I would like to do a little longer write up on this and how it relates to the distinction between knowledge and wisdom and what Jenna refers to as "mystery" ... but alas, I have found myself quite busy the last couple weeks and am not sure when that might change.

Janine the Bean said...

Hmmm....

I look forward to an exposition on this.

I know what you mean, Jon. I can't seem to find the time to do the things I want to do.

But now you've got ME thinking about this. Which is good.

Abraham said...

I think it's wonderful.

Now, instead of everyone having to memorize something, just one person can write something down for everyone to access.

Doesn't that make more sense?

JPB said...

Abraham -- that's the position I was taking as devil's advocate, but people countered, I thought well, with the role of memory in synthesis, imagination and culture. The information in the brain actually bridges some synapses that might not happen if we had to constantly access information outside the brain.

Think of Malcolm Gladwell's Blink

CAUGHTNOTTAUGHT said...

Grenade: I deny the premise.

It won't happen that writing removes information from the realm of the memory.

Information isn't all writable, for one thing, and neither is it "information" without a situation to inform.

Situations are therefore always within the realm of memory.

Or am I wrong?

JPB said...

CaughtNot -

I was thinking more generically. Of course the function of memory will not be eliminate. It's a question of the role of memory in our culture and collective consciousness.