Persistence of Memory, or, Google is for Wimps

It’s commonly known that in the pre-print age people relied on their memories to store information, but it is not commonly realized just what this entails. When we think of memorizing something, we think in terms of learning something by rote, so that we could recite it if called upon to do so.

The medieval memory went far beyond that. The art of memory was not merely about holding information, but about processing it.

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