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Speak, Memory by Oliver Sacks

Speak, Memory by Oliver Sacks
In 1993, approaching my sixtieth birthday, I started to experience a curious phenomenon—the spontaneous, unsolicited rising of early memories into my mind, memories that had lain dormant for upward of fifty years. Not merely memories, but frames of mind, thoughts, atmospheres, and passions associated with them—memories, especially, of my boyhood in London before World War II. Moved by these, I wrote two short memoirs, one about the grand science museums in South Kensington, which were so much more important than school to me when I was growing up; the other about Humphry Davy, an early-nineteenth-century chemist who had been a hero of mine in those far-off days, and whose vividly described experiments excited me and inspired me to emulation. I think a more general autobiographical impulse was stimulated, rather than sated, by these brief writings, and late in 1997, I launched on a three-year project of writing a memoir of my boyhood, which I published in 2001 as Uncle Tungsten.1 Related:  memoryarchivos

The story of the self Memory is our past and future. To know who you are as a person, you need to have some idea of who you have been. And, for better or worse, your remembered life story is a pretty good guide to what you will do tomorrow. "Our memory is our coherence," wrote the surrealist Spanish-born film-maker, Luis Buñuel, "our reason, our feeling, even our action." Lose your memory and you lose a basic connection with who you are. It's no surprise, then, that there is fascination with this quintessentially human ability. This is quite a trick, psychologically speaking, and it has made cognitive scientists determined to find out how it is done. When you ask people about their memories, they often talk as though they were material possessions, enduring representations of the past to be carefully guarded and deeply cherished. We know this from many different sources of evidence. Even highly emotional memories are susceptible to distortion. What accounts for this unreliability?

Oliver Sacks se despide tras anunciar un cáncer terminal Con un artículo sencillo, emotivo y directo, paradójicamente lleno de optimismo, el escritor y neurólogo Oliver Sacks anunció este miércoles en The New York Times que padece un cáncer terminal y que le quedan semanas de vida. “Por encima de todo, he sido un ser con sentidos, un animal pensante, en este maravilloso planeta y esto, en sí, ha sido un enorme privilegio y una aventura”, escribe este autor insólito, cuyos libros sobre los recovecos de la mente humana, como Despertares o El hombre que confundió a su mujer con un sombrero, han sido adaptados al cine y han vendido millones de ejemplares en todo el mundo. Oliver Sacks, que tiene 81 años, recibió la mala noticia hace unas semanas, cuando le informaron de que padece múltiples metástasis en el hígado, que proceden de un tumor primigenio en el ojo detectado hace ocho años. Asegura que los médicos pueden ralentizar el avance, pero no detenerlo. Nacido en Londres en 1933, Sacks vive en Nueva York desde los años sesenta. Flaubert lecteur : une histoire des écritures 1 Corr., t. II, p. 30 ; à Louise Colet, 16 janvier 1852. 2 Voir Luc Fraisse, Les Fondements de l'histoire littéraire, Honoré Champion, 2002. 1« Je sais comment il faut faire »1. Flaubert a enfin trouvé au cœur des livres sa poétique à lui. Dans la bibliothèque, au fil des ans, les ouvrages se sont classés en diverses manières d'écrire. 2Il est une première écriture étrangement, formidablement insouciante, relevant d'un temps où la question du « comment écrire ? 3 Corr., t. 3Les écrivains originaux représentent le mythe d'une littérature libre, contrairement aux classiques et aux modernes pris dans la mémoire des livres : 4 Corr., t. 4Filtrée par le moderne, la source-océan retombe à petit débit... 5 Schiller, De la poésie naïve et sentimentale, in Œuvres, traduction Adolphe Régnier, Hachette, 186 (...) 5Flaubert rejoint ici la réflexion de Schiller opposant poésie naïve et poésie sentimentale. 6 Corr., t. 7 Corr., t. 10 Corr., t. 8L'histoire des écritures est l'histoire d'une décadence.

Explicit Groups vs Implicit Groups Kevin Cheng (aka @k), product manager at Twitter and an all around smart guy wrote a great blog post called Can We Ever Digitally Organize Our Friends?. I've been thinking many of the same things that Kevin wrote about since I started to use Google+ a few weeks ago and Kevin's post is a good opportunity to riff on the same ideas. But first, a bit of humor courtesy of someecards: With that out of the way, here's my thinking on grouping things. I don't like to be that organized personally. I don't file stuff away very well. So when faced with the chore of taking all my friends and colleagues and dropping them in buckets (or circles as it were), I tired of that chore quickly. I did create two groups that I think are particularly valuable; my family and our firm. But past that it becomes muddy. How about the people I share music and music interests with? The point I am trying to make, which Kevin makes so well in his post, is that friends and interests are not so finite and fixed.

Contra la Memoria de David Rieff, una reseña | Juan Sanguineti 2 | Página de la nación irlandesa y la emocionante posibilidad de resucitarla. Por ello, según Rieff, la esencia de la memoria histórica se reduciría a la identificación y proximidad psicológica, antes que la precisión histórica, y aún menos, a la hondura política. Así mismo, sería importante la utilidad de la memoria colectiva como asentamiento del fervor nacional, que es la esencia del patriotismo. Po lo cual es relevante el problema de qué enseñar sobre Colón a la población estadounidense, pues compete a su patriotismo al ser país donde la mayoría son inmigrantes, o hijos de inmigrantes. A partir de lo expuesto, Rieff concluye que la memoria colectiva siempre es construida por seres humanos con fines humanos, sean buenos o malos, y que en lo concerniente a ella Nietzsche tenía razón “no hay hechos, sólo interpretaciones”. ¿Paraquésirverealmentelamemoriacolectiva? Rieff comienza sosteniendo que las sociedades olvidan, a menudo, asombrosamente rápido.

Obama Demands That Congress Do 'the Work of Self-Government' Share President Obama's 2013 State of the Union address. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) For those who doubted that Barack Obama would maintain his commitment to a gun-safety agenda that challenges the supposed political power of the National Rifle Association, and the political caution of Democrats who more than a decade ago decided for the most cynical of reasons to abandon the struggle to address gun violence, the president’s fourth State of the Union address provided the answer. Obama’s speech delivered a bold economic message—a rejection of the austerity threat posed by Paul Ryan and the Republican right in favor of a job-creation agenda—and it renewed the liberal promises of his recent inaugural address: fair pay for women, fair treatment for lesbians and gays, immigration reform, a return to seriousness with regard to climate change. That would have been enough in most years. And the president recognized that demand. “It has been two months since Newtown. Then the president went deeper.

When Brain Damage Unlocks The Genius Within Derek Amato stood above the shallow end of the swimming pool and called for his buddy in the Jacuzzi to toss him the football. Then he launched himself through the air, head first, arms outstretched. He figured he could roll onto one shoulder as he snagged the ball, then slide across the water. It was a grave miscalculation. At the edge of the pool, Amato collapsed into the arms of his friends, Bill Peterson and Rick Sturm. It would be weeks before the full impact of Amato's head trauma became apparent: 35 percent hearing loss in one ear, headaches, memory loss. Without thinking, he rose from his chair and sat in front of it. Amato played for six hours, leaving Sturm's house early the next morning with an unshakable feeling of wonder. Amato searched the internet for an explanation, typing in words like gifted and head trauma. the results astonished him. The neurological causes of acquired savant syndrome are poorly understood. In the weeks after his accident, Amato's mind raced.

Implicit memory Evidence and current research[edit] Advanced studies of implicit memory began only a few decades ago. Many of these studies focus on the effect of implicit memory known as priming.[1] Several studies have been performed that confirm the existence of a separate entity which is implicit memory. In one such experiment, participants were asked to listen to several songs and decide if they were familiar with the song or not. Half of the participants were presented with familiar American folk songs and the other half were presented with songs made using the tunes of the same songs from group 1 but mixed with new lyrics. Current research[edit] According to Daniel L. There are usually two approaches to studying implicit memory. Development[edit] Empirical evidence suggests infants are only capable of implicit memory because they are unable to intentionally draw knowledge from pre-existing memories. Activation processing[edit] Multiple memory system[edit] Illusion-of-truth effect[edit]

Contra la memoria | David Rieff en conversación con Héctor Abad Faciolince David Rieff es un prestigioso periodista y politólogo que ha publicado destacados trabajos en revistas como The New Republic y World Policy Journal; Rieff es autor de "Un mar de muerte. Recuerdos de un hijo", donde narra la enfermedad y muerte de su madre, Susan Sontag. Fundador y director del proyecto "Crímenes de Guerra" en la Universidad Americana de Washington DC, ha conocido de primera mano los efectos de los crímenes de guerra en países como Ruanda, Kosovo, Israel, Palestina, Irak y Bosnia. Su último libro, "Contra la memoria", narra precisamente su experiencia en Bosnia. Lee los artículos de David Rieff en el periódico El País Conoce las publicaciones de David Rieff en Lee fragmentos de su libro "A punta de pistola" Lee fragmentos de su libro "Un mar de muerte" Lee fragmentos de su lubro "Contra la memoria" ¡Reserva tu cupo aquí! Descarga el afiche de la conferencia

When John Boehner just sat there President Obama’s State of the Union speech showed that the progressive energy of his second inaugural address wasn’t just a man getting carried away by the moment. On Tuesday night, he outlined an ambitious second-term agenda: a commitment to universal preschool, raising the federal minimum wage, executive action on climate change, a strong jobs agenda, easing barriers to voting, tough new gun laws. The president won’t get everything he’s asking for, not even most of it, and some of the details of what he wants and how he’ll achieve it were sketchy, but it was rewarding to see him ask. And while Obama talked deficit reduction early in the speech, it was much less detailed and central than in most of his other big national speeches. “Deficit reduction alone is not an economic plan,” he said, stating what should be obvious, but often isn’t inside the Beltway. But the heart of the speech came during his remarks on gun violence. “They deserve a vote,” he said three times, and went on:

Cover-moi: French Versions of English Hit Songs Cover-moi: French Versions of English Hit Songs Songs you know and love, that you can sing along with, by artists you've probably never heard of, in a foreign language. Monsieur Tom is the tour guide on this excursion through one of pop music's least known regions. In the Fifties, French popular music was Piaf, Aznavour and Charles Trenet, and songs in the French chanson tradition that told stories, with plots usually wrapped around amour, written for grownups. When rock and roll caught on, French teenagers, like kids everywhere, wanted a style of music that was their own. To fill the demand for rock music, and to counter the flood of import albums destined for French record shops, the French record biz fell back on translated versions of songs from the American hit parade. Of the artists who defined ye-ye, or American rock French style, Johnny Hallyday and Sylvie Vartan became the king and queen of the cover song. Johnny Hallyday Sylvie Vartan Claude François Tony and Nanette