Memory as Show Business

This podcast demonstrates that memorising for its own sake is unlikely to make us better thinkers. We need to stick to memorising  music and poetry. You don’t have to be a neuro-scientists to understand this. The famous Mr S. learnt Dante’s Inferno by heart and that’s without knowing any Italian. Not only did he not understand it, a lot of poetry is difficult to understand, he did not appreciate its beauty. It turns out that having a memory of this type is not to possess something extra, but rather having something missing.

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