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I Wish I Had Videos of My Dad's Accent - Father's Day Essay
The last remaining evidence of my father's voice, the final thing that roots him and his existence in my brain, will eventually cease to exist–just like VHS tapes, and the accent he spoke with, and my memories of him, too.
language  speech  parenting  memory  technology  culture  curation  family  english 
2 days ago by allaboutgeorge
Sherman Alexie on How Trump is Turning the US Into a Reservation
“My mother was a dictionary,” he began. “She was one of the last fluent speakers of our tribal language. She knew dozens of words that no one else knew. When she died, we buried all those words with her.”
americanindian  seattle  washingtonstate  memory  poetry  writing  language 
2 days ago by allaboutgeorge
柏拉圖《斐德若篇》Not only Smartphone Reduces Available Cognitive Capacity
> for this discovery of yours will create forgetfulness in the learners’ souls, because they will not use their memories; they will trust to the external written characters and not remember of themselves. The specific which you have discovered is an aid not to memory, but to reminiscence, and you give your disciples not truth, but only the semblance of truth; they will be hearers of many things and will have learned nothing; they will appear to be omniscient and will generally know nothing; they will be tiresome company, having the show of wisdom without the reality.

(https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Phaedrus#On_the_decline_of_Greek_Literature)

Bards pre-literate-times in Greece purportedly could recite Homer's Odyssey themselves after one hearing. Writing destroyed that all. But ... few people complain about how books corrupt our memory.

So we're the first generation shifting cognitive burden of some kinds of memory (all those phone numbers) elsewhere. I welcome it. My wife hates it, but she likes the books. In a couple of generations it all will be irrelevant.
memory  media 
2 days ago by ludx
Being Forgetful May Mean Your Brain Is Actually Working Properly | IFLScience
The study, conducted by the University of Toronto in Canada, was published in the journal Neuron. This is an idea that’s been mooted before, but this lates
research  neuroscience  memory 
2 days ago by dougleigh
Being Forgetful May Mean Your Brain Is Actually Working Properly | IFLScience
Being Forgetful May Mean Your Brain Is Actually Working Properly

see also The Persistence and Transience of Memory
http://www.cell.com/neuron/abstract/S0896-6273(17)30365-3
Being  Forgetful  May  Mean  Your  Brain  Is  Actually  Working  Properly  The  Persistence  and  Transience  of  Memory 
2 days ago by gdw
Antibiotics that kill gut bacteria also stop growth of new brain cells -- ScienceDaily
"Antibiotics strong enough to kill off gut bacteria can also stop the growth of new brain cells in the hippocampus, a section of the brain associated with memory, reports a study in mice published May 19 in Cell Reports. Researchers also uncovered a clue to why-- a type of white blood cell seems to act as a communicator between the brain, the immune system, and the gut. ...

"microbiome, Ly6Chi acts as a communicating cell," says Wolf.

"Luckily, the adverse side effects of the antibiotics could be reversed. Mice who received probiotics or who exercised on a wheel after receiving antibiotics regained memory and neurogenesis. 'The magnitude of the action of probiotics on Ly6Chi cells, neurogenesis, and cognition impressed me,'" said senior author Susanne Asu Wolf of the Max-Delbrueck-Center for Molecular Medicine in Berlin, Germany.
brain  memory  health  medicine 
3 days ago by katherinestevens
Hayfever – by Linda Gamlin – Action Against Allergy
Studies showing exposure to soil borne bacteria may increase likelihood of developing allergies
MEMORY 
3 days ago by cerulean
Why a Bad Memory Actually Has Health Benefits | Time.com
> having total recall is totally overrated. That's according to a new paper in the journal Neuron, which concludes that forgetting things is not just normal, it actually makes us smarter. In the new report, researchers Paul Frankland and Blake Richards of the University of Toronto propose that the goal of memory is not to transmit the most accurate information over time. Rather, they say, it’s to optimize intelligent decision-making by holding onto what’s important and letting go of what’s not.
memory  trade_offs 
3 days ago by porejide
Kastrup Sea Bath / White arkitekter AB | ArchDaily
Swimming and diving timber-clad pier in Copenhagen, as seen in film Goodbye First Love
MEMORY 
3 days ago by cerulean
Everything You Thought You Knew About Learning Is Wrong | WIRED
According to one expert, most common learning strategies are actually hurting our ability to acquire and retain long-term knowledge.
learning  memory  education 
4 days ago by geetarista

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