Saturday, September 30, 2006

The mysteries of memory...

This is a republish of my post on the 19th September:

All these doth that great receptacle of memory, with its many and indescribable departments, receive, to be recalled and brought forth when required; each, entering by its own door, is hid up in it. And yet the things themselves do not enter it, but only the images of the things perceived are there ready at hand for thought to, recall.” St. Augustine, 398 A.D., "The Confessions of St. Augustine", Book 10, Chapter 8, paragraph 13.

I came across this quote when looking for a broad definition of memory I could reference to. The whole chapter is good, but these two sentences sum up for me what memory does. Although this was written more than 16 centuries ago, it is still very relevant to the current state of the art in memory research, at least from my point of view. As a quote on memory, I haven't found better yet, and it was the perfect way to start my first year report!

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