The Guardian of All Things: The Epic Story of Human Memory

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Macmillan, Aug 21, 2012 - Science - 290 pages
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A fascinating exploration of the history of memory and human civilization

 

Memory makes us human. No other animal carries in its brain so many memories of such complexity nor so regularly revisits those memories for happiness, safety, and the accomplishment of complex tasks. Human civilization continues because we are able to pass along memories from one person to another, from one generation to the next.

The Guardian of All Things is a sweeping scientific history that takes us on a 10,000-year-old journey replete with incredible ideas, inventions, and transformations. From cave drawings to oral histories to libraries to the internet, The Guardian of All Things is the history of how humans have relentlessly pursued new ways to preserve and manage memory, both within the human brain and as a series of inventions external to it. Michael S. Malone looks at the story of memory, both human and mechanical, and the historic turning points in that story that have not only changed our relationship to memory, but have also changed our human fabric. Full of anecdotes, history, and advances of civilization and technology, The Guardian of All Things is a lively, epic journey along a trajectory of history no other book has ever described, one that will appeal to the curious as well as the specialist.

  

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Review: The Guardian of All Things: The Epic Story of Human Memory

User Review  - Gary - Goodreads

This is a good book, but not a great book. There are several inconsistencies - and that to me always damages the credibility of the rest of the book. For example, in one chapter the author says "In ... Read full review

Review: The Guardian of All Things: The Epic Story of Human Memory

User Review  - Joe Ciola - Goodreads

Occasionally a book turns out to be nothing like I imagined. However, unlike other such books, this had delightful and in intended consequences that did not disappoint. The title is quite descriptive ... Read full review

Contents

The Cave of Illumination
21
Clay Reeds and Skin
42
The Bloody Statue
69
LongLeggedy Beasties
96
Theaters of Memory
119
Patterns in the Carpet
146
Tick Talk
164
Diamonds and Rust
201
The Persistence of Memory
238
Acknowledgments
271
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About the author (2012)

MICHAEL S. MALONE is one of the nation’s best-known technology writers, his writing synonymous with the story of Silicon Valley. Malone spent nearly a decade as ABCNews.com’s “Silicon Insider” columnist, and prior to that was a New York Times columnist and the host or producer of four public television series. Malone has also contributed numerous articles and editorials to The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and Fortune, and was the editor of Forbes ASAP magazine. He has also authored and co-authored more than a dozen books, including such influential works as The Virtual Corporation, Bill & Dave, and The Future Arrived Yesterday. Malone holds an MBA from Santa Clara University, is an honorary fellow of the Said Business School at Oxford University, and is a Distinguished Friend of Oxford University. He is currently the co-founder of a new high-tech venture and an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University.

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