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Metaphors of Memory: A History of Ideas about the Mind

ISBN: 9780521650243
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: 2001-01-08
Number of pages: 256
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What is memory? Without memory we lose our sense of identity, reasoning, even our ability to perform simple physical tasks. Yet it is elusive and difficult to define, and throughout the ages philosophers and psychologists have used metaphors as a way of understanding it. This fascinating book takes the reader on a guided tour of these metaphors of memory from ancient times to the present day, exploring the way metaphors often derived from the techniques and instruments developed to store information such as wax tablets, books, photography, computers and even the hologram.

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