George P. Landow wrote:
> 1. great book -- there's a novel aboout a Jesuit's use of the Memory
> Palace in China . . .
> Some people, I believe, have thought about using the old spatial art of
> memory for VR etc.
Perhaps you're referring to
_The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci_
by Jonathan D. Spence
My memory tells me, though, that it's historical narrative about a real
person rather than a novel. Provides lots of insight into memory palaces.
>> However, it was written before the impact of computing was
>> felt upon our culture. I think now somebody needs to write a book
>> titled The
>> Art of Forgetting, in order that we can find elegant and effective
>> ways of
>> avoiding information overload."
> I read somewhere that forgetting and not noticing is a survival
> technique; otherwise the mind would get clogged up.
>> This leads me to the idea of Life Caching. There's a good article
>> about that
>> here http://www.trendwatching.com/trends/LIFE_CACHING.htm
>> See also Microsoft's MyLifeBits - a lifetime store of everything
>> http://research.microsoft.com/barc/mediapresence/MyLifeBits.aspx - and
>> guineapig Gordon Bell who since 2001/2 "has captured a lifetime's
>> worth of
>> articles, books, cards, CDs, letters, memos, papers, photos, pictures,
>> presentations, home movies, videotaped lectures, and voice recordings and
>> stored them digitally. He is now paperless, and is beginning to capture
>> phone calls, IM transcripts, television, and radio."
>> For me, this creates a double anxiety - I get anxious about coping
>> with all
>> my data, and anxious about losing it. Yet I also know, from the
>> of others, that if I *did* actually lose it, I would get over it.
>> Ironically, in recent years I have been getting rid of more and more
>> of my
>> material belongings, clothes, books, furniture, music, and yet my life
>> is ludicrously large. Maybe it's time for a CD bonfire.
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