Draaisma, D. [Metaforenmachine een geschiedenis van het geheugen. English]. Metaphors of memory: a history of ideas about the mind / Douwe Draaisma. A finely illustrated ‘history of ideas about the mind’ this certainly is, though more a book concerned with the metaphors, than with the essence, of human memory. Douwe Draaisma, Metaphors of Memory: a history of ideas about the mind. pp. Cambridge University Press. 0 0. Review by John Sutton.

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Then Descartes ruins that idea. I don’t think I could have managed to concentrate fully in any other circumstances. Terms like ‘input’, ‘read-in’, ‘encoding’, ‘back-up memory’, ‘working memory’, ‘storage’, ‘address’, ‘matching’, ‘over-writing’, ‘search’ retrieval’, read-out’ and ‘output’ acquired a place in a common vocabulary. Rhizome rated it really liked it Jul 13, Crossing continents and disciplines, it provides a compelling history of ideas about the mind by exploring the way these metaphors have been used – metaphors often derived from the techniques and instruments developed over the years to store information, ranging from wax tablets and books to photography, computers and even the hologram.

Book ratings by Goodreads. One to two hours per chapter, which is a very slow reading time for me. Alex Knipping rated it really liked it Dec 09, To read this I lay down on my rug and read in silence though its summer and there’s birdsong outside a lot, birds are one of the memory metaphors in the bookmetaphor time with an hourglass, and did a chapter a day.

A History of Modern Experimental Psychology: Michael Bradie – – Behavioral and Brain Sciences 22 5: There is a lot of interesting stuff here about the deep intertwining of ideas, intuitions and metaphors about the mind and the development of computing.

Yukihiko Yoshida – memoru Technoetic Arts 6 3: Draaisma describes not just those metaphors, but also the science behind it, as well as the context of the time.


Yet it is elusive dfaaisma difficult to define, and throughout the ages philosophers and psychologists have used metaphors as a way of understanding it. The memory that she gave to you and others is subject to external investigation. Draaisma breaks into one of his rare bursts of poetics in the computer age, describing, better than I could the differences highlighted by the advance of technology; “. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience.

Metaphors of Memory: A History of Ideas about the Mind by Douwe Draaisma

Scientific theories were constructed as deductive hierarchies of laws, a reflection of the hierarchical structure of reality. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. Ethical and Epistemological Implications for Research. Talking About Assisted Reproduction in Latvia. Optogenetics and draaiska Mechanism of False Memory.

The computer plays its melodies one key at a time, albeit incomprehensibly fast; the human memory strikes whole chords. That’s what makes this book so int The uncovering of the way our mind works has been highly influenced by the way we think of it.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Draaisma has a calm, regular writing style which I enjoy. Plus oral cultures tend to not be massively introspective or object-analytical in ways metsphors make it easy to talk about metaphor.

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Who’d think of the mind as a hologram where, by making inferences, just a small part can be enough to reconstruct the whole, when holograms hadn’t been conceived of.


He can however be a bit long winding in sraaisma explanations, so skip ahead to the more interesting parts every now and then. These metaphors are used for analysis, in particular they spread certain ideas in a way academic texts cannot.

Metaphors of Memory : A History of Ideas about the Mind

This seems to be related to the ‘flock of birds’ quality that brains have, important information is both linked to specific areas and, also, pf. The Best Books of This book is a good reminder of how much conceptual structure had to be built up for such questions to even have plausible answers. Wax tablets, books, slates; codes, telegraphs; photography and later holography; telephone networks and digital computers and the internet all took their place as the best way to explain what was happening in the memory.

Raymond Martin – unknown. Odours, emotions, movements, sounds, perceptions: Conversely the ‘memory’ in ‘backup memory’ derived from psychology, so that psychology had a term which it had lent out, returned to it. First published inthis fascinating craaisma takes the reader on a guided tour of these metaphors of memory from ancient times to the present day.

It also goes, with depth and detail, into the varying ways our use of metaphor can help and hinder, and makes a cogent defence or apologia of the necessity of metaphor, and therefore the importance of us trying to understand how we use it and what it does. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Beyza Akkoyunlu rated it it was amazing May 20, Megaparagraph is a surprisingly pleasing word to write and speak.

Many of them were really good at poetics and had powerful and innovative imaginations.