Lemonics improves with age. Amazing, something that gets better the older you are! :cool: — jgill
Not really. Dementia and Alzheimer's are commonplace among the elderly. Also, amnesia (retrograde or anterograde) due to acute brain injury. And there are commercial, pedagogical and intellectual modes of "forgetting" (re: agnotology ... vide Herman & Chomsky, vide Adorno, vide Orwell, et al) which are features, not bugs, of corporate mass communications in – social media of – the (neo)liberal republics of e.g. East Asia, North America & Western Europe.Wouldn't it be mind-blowingly awesome if we could, contra the mainstream view, fashion lemonics, methods of forgetting (instead of remembering). — Agent Smith
:roll:I'm only surprised that there are encyclopedia entries on mnemonics but not on "lemonics". — Agent Smith
The practical antithesis to "memory-tricks" (enhanced functioning) is lacking memory-tricks (unenhanced functioning) and not "amnesia-tricks" (enhanced dysfunctioning). — 180 Proof
Doc from "Back to the Future" could forget his life, and eventually reincarnate hoping to remember exactly how he invented the quantum flux capacitor. Or he could remember how to survive the terrorists that he bought materials from to build it! & all of the adventures in-between those four causalities. — Winner568
IIRC, the gist is that the human brain has a vast though finite number of possible synaptic connections which are "pruned" by lack of use through development and then reused to make new connections overctime – learning (plasticity) requires degrees of forgetting (weakening or eliminating old connections). Much of this "pruning" happens, neuroscientists surmise, while we sleep. The rhyme or reason of it is (still?) much debated; however, I'm partial to both neural darwinism and it's (synthetic) analogue connectionism as models of (autonomic?) memory formation / functioning / elimination (re: "subcognition"). IME, "remembering & forgetting" is a scientific problem, Smith, and no longer a fruitful topic of philosophical inquiry (except where philosophers of science are fussing over the (intractable?) fuzziness of concepts employed by neuroscientists).1. Metacognition
I would like to query "is there a (very good) reason why we forget?" — Agent Smith
:cool:Oh, before I forget ( :grin: ), I wanna thank you for your post - very informative! — Agent Smith
Same reason that dementia, Alzheimer's and amnesia are weaknesses: "forgetfulness" (not ordinary, functional forgetting as I point out in my last post) debilitates agency.Plus, do you have an argument, weak/strong doesn't matter, why forgetfullness is a weakness and not a strength?
There's nothing, not even the worst, I want to forget – traumas are lessons from which (I hope) I'm still learning, so "no".Is there anything in your life that you don't want to remember or wish you could forget (but can't)?
Most interesting. — Ms. Marple
but wouldn't it be great to have a system for forgetting — Agent Smith
I'm mainly concerned about, in a manner of speaking, junk files - they do consume valuable real estate, oui monsieur? — Agent Smith
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