For this week’s readings, I am overwhelmed by the perspective and information that the authors and theorists have raised. I do struggle to start on this week’s topic.

Ok, ‘Global mnemotechnic’, the topic for this week refers to any practice of memory. Memory, a very interesting topic but I can’t really link this to media at first place. But obviously, after completing the reading for this week, I did change my mind and actually the readings allow me to think something that I have never thought of.

There is so much going on for this week, I am going to write a brief summary on each of the concept and then try to link them together later on. From the reader, ‘Is there really a Present’ is definitely eye catching. The answer for this question just quickly slip out from my mouth, ‘ YES!’ However I am not so sure after I read the part. ‘Past in the present’ and ‘the future in the present’ are two very interesting concepts.

“ In reality, we are literally experiencing the (very recent) past…. You might be able to ‘seize the day’ but it is literally impossible to ‘live in the moment’.”

Good points and I am sure that everyone will have to rethink the answer for the question after reading this.

Second point, and is probably the biggest topic for this week, the extended mind. Do memory, thinking or mind are all happening under our skin or within our brain? Andrew did explain the term Hypomnesis and Anamnesis in the lecture, in which refer to ‘extended memory which is technical, or recalling things through techniques’ and natural memory respectively. In my opinion, these two ideas probably have answered the question I just raised. The environment or should I say ‘umwelts’ has definitely something to do with our thinking , memory and mind. An interesting example from Noë (2010) has prove this right,

‘Brain stands to mind the way engine stands to driving.’

Straight forward and so true!  We have to have some other components to complete our mind.

Another example from Chalmers (2009) also illustrates the environment’s role in connection to the mind. Two fictional characters Otto and Inga both want to go to the same place. While Inga recalls the address of the place, Otto find the address through reading his notebook. Thus, this is one example that clears my mind that there is definitely two kind of way that memory and mind work ‘in’ and ‘out’ of our brain.

Bernard (n.d.) claimed that the use of hypomnesis will cause a loss of knowledge as we heavily rely on the technologies to function our memory and mind. For this, I cant really tell the answer. Yes, we may have relied on technologies, but doesn’t that allow us to have more room to think more?

Lastly, the video by Alan Kay is totally mind blowing, I still doubt that whether the lady know how to play tennis or not. Well, what can I say for this? Maybe after all, externalizing memory is extremely helpful to the point we never noticed!

Chalmers, David (2009) ‘The Extended Mind Revisited [1/5], at Hong Kong, 2009’, <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8S149IVHhmc> (accessed on 22 March 2011)

Kay, Alan <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50L44hEtVos>(accessed on 22 March 2011)

Noë, Alva (2010) ‘Does thinking happen in the brain?’, 13:7 Cosmos and Culture <http://www.npr.org/blogs/13.7/2010/12/10/131945848/does-thinking-happen-in-the-brain>(accessed on 22 March 2011)

Stiegler, Bernard (n.d.) ‘Anamnesis and Hypomnesis: Plato as the first thinker of the proletarianisation’ <http://arsindustrialis.org/anamnesis-and-hypomnesis>(accessed on 22 March 2011)

Wesley

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