By Rodrigo Quian Quiroga
In response to specialists, Borges ’ s “ The backyard of Forking Paths, ” a
story from the 40s, prefigured hypertext and the Internet.
Quian Quiroga ’ s ebook finds his wisdom of Borges ’ s work
and steadily, subtly, explains the way it pertains to neuroscience and
how the single pollinates or foretells the other.
Perhaps simply because his paintings is so just like Borges ’ s, Quian
Quiroga fathoms of the basic subject matters operating through
“ Funes the Memorious ” which are crucial for the improvement of
humanity: abstraction and forgetting. In his Naturalis historia , Pliny
the Elder had already talked about individuals with prodigious memory;
what to Pliny is a wondrous present, to Borges, who idea deeper
about the topic, could become a bad curse.
To Quian Quiroga, the cyberworld during which most folks are
immersed these days is typically filled with undigested
information, similar to Funes ’ s mind. To Quian Quiroga our world
occasionally serves us with a hodgepodge of rules, photographs, bits of
news, coming at us relentlessly, incoherently, and we turn out in a
virtual international that alienates us ever extra and takes us ever further
away from what quite makes us human: mirrored image, the power to
distance ourselves from the environment which will evenly ponder
and attempt to comprehend even a tiny element, the universe.
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Extra info for Borges and Memory: Encounters with the Human Brain
Well, of course, it’s such a high porch, has such creaking benches. . But, you know, I’d already come across that same porch before! It’s Korobochka’s porch, where Chichikov drove up! 12 In another session, S. confessed to Luria that he could not read nor study because these unwanted associations made him lose track of what he was reading. Poetry, in particular, demands a figurative understanding, the ability to grasp the ideas suggested by words so as to go beyond their literal meaning and the precise images they evoke by themselves.
Every recollection is achieved through a great simplification, in the sense that we omit an enormous amount of detail. Writes James, quoting Théodule Ribot: “As fast as the present enters into the past, our states of consciousness disappear and are obliterated. ”16 A note by Borges on an 1898 English edition of John Stuart Mill’s A System of Logic, “against the language invented by Ireneo Funes, 15. Jorge Luis Borges, “Funes el memorioso,” in Obras completas, vol. 1, pp. 583 –590. 16. , vol. , New York: Dover, 1950), p.
15 [Not only was it difficult for him to understand that the generic term “dog” could embrace so many disparate individuals of diverse sizes and shapes; it bothered him that the dog seen in profile at 3:14 would be called the same as the dog at 3:15 seen from the front. ] 13. , pp. 24 –25. 14. , p. 64. 15. Jorge Luis Borges, “Funes el memorioso,” in Obras completas (Buenos Aires: Emecé, 2007), vol. 1, pp. 583 –590. M. Molaison started to suffer from epileptic seizures at age 10, probably as a consequence of a serious blow to the head (sustained when he was run over by a bicycle) that made him lose consciousness for several minutes.
Borges and Memory: Encounters with the Human Brain by Rodrigo Quian Quiroga