Metaphors of Memory: A History of Ideas about the Mind

Metaphors of Memory: A History of Ideas about the Mind

by Douwe Draaisma
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521650240

ISBN-13: 9780521650243

Pub. Date: 12/28/2000

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

What is memory? Without memory we lose our sense of identity, reasoning, even our ability to perform simple physical tasks. Yet it is elusive and difficult to define, and throughout the ages philosophers and psychologists have used metaphors as a way of understanding it. This fascinating book takes the reader on a guided tour of these metaphors of memory from

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What is memory? Without memory we lose our sense of identity, reasoning, even our ability to perform simple physical tasks. Yet it is elusive and difficult to define, and throughout the ages philosophers and psychologists have used metaphors as a way of understanding it. This fascinating book takes the reader on a guided tour of these metaphors of memory from ancient times to the present day, exploring the way metaphors often derived from the techniques and instruments developed to store information such as wax tablets, books, photography, computers and even the hologram.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521650243
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The mystic writing-pad; 2. Memoria: memory as writing; 3. The splendour of the Bologna Stone; 4. A vast labyrinth; 5. A mirror with a memory; 6. Digital memory; 7. Holographic memory; 8. An enchanted loom; 9. The homunculus.

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