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Nov
08

Luria’s The Mind of a Mnemonist

A.R. Luria
The Mind of a Mnemonist: A Little Book about a Vast Memory
Area: History of Rhetoric and Memory Studies

•    Synaesthesia: “S” could remember because all his senses were incorporated in each memory
•    Problem of forgetting:
o    56-7: “During the early stages, his attempts to work out a technique of forgetting were of an extremely simple nature.  Why, he reasoned, couldn’t he use some external means to help him forget—write down what he no longer wished to remember?  […] As he saw it, once he had written a thing down, he would have no need to remember it; but if he were without means of writing it down, he’d commit it to memory […] Tried burning the slips of paper so that he’d forget the useless contents of them, but this didn’t work. Not even fire could wipe out the traces he wanted to obliterate!”

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