Metaphors of Memory: A History of Ideas about the Mind
What is memory? It is at the same time ephemeral, unreliable and essential to everything we do. Without memory we lose our sense of identity, reasoning, even our ability to perform simple physical tasks. Yet it is also elusive and difficult to define, and throughout the ages philosophers and psychologists have used metaphors as a way of understanding it. First published in 2000, this fascinating book takes the reader on a guided tour of these metaphors of memory from ancient times to the present day. Crossing continents and disciplines, it provides a compelling history of ideas about the mind by exploring the way these metaphors have been used - metaphors often derived from the techniques and instruments developed over the years to store information, ranging from wax tablets and books to photography, computers and even the hologram. Accessible and thought-provoking, this book should be read by anyone who is interested in memory and the mind.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
analogy Analytical Engine anterograde amnesia artificial memories associations behaviour Binet calculating camera obscura Carus cells century chess cognitive colour computer metaphor connectionism connectionist consciousness Daguerre daguerreotypes Descartes Descartes's described developed Ebbinghaus Engraving example experience experimental explained figure Fludd forgetting Freud function Gall Galton graceful degradation Guyau Heerden Hermann Ebbinghaus hologram metaphor homunculus Hooke Hooke's Hull human memory hypothesis Ibid ideas impressions Inaudi learning Leibniz light linked London machine mathematical mechanical memory processes memory psychology memory traces mental meta mnemonic Mystic Writing-Pad nature nerve neural networks neurological neuronal operation optical pattern perception philosophical phor phosphorescent photographic metaphors photography phrenology physical physiology plate portrait presented Pribram problem programme projected relationship remained remember representations reproduced result Robert Hooke Royal Society scientific sensory simulations soul stimuli storage stored substratum Theaetetus theory of memory tion Turing vehicle term visual memory wax tablet writing wrote