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MEMORY AND WHAT ELSE?View comments on item 1 Add your comment on item 11

Larry/LJV/nuetView comments on item 2 Add your comment on item 22

10/26-31/2009

 

Memory is conventionally viewed as a storage/access process for recorded experiences (perceptual, imaginary, and even unconscious input-to-memory-storage). According to this definition, I have long had very poor memory which is declining with old age. But, two events in past two weeks shifted my attention to a strange, new, and possibly encouraging phenomena. Add your comment on item 33

 

The first event was a person reporting that I unloaded far too much highly detailed content on him.  That my output often dominated conversations (which I agree, a problem I've been aware of for a long time). At the same time, as this was a new contact, I was astounded about both the quantity and quality of my output. There was no evidence of a "loss of memory".View comments on item 4 Add your comment on item 44

 

The second event was when a longtime friend asked me a question and I outputted a great amount of detailed information; to which the person commented as being struck by my vast reservoir of readily available, detailed information. She further commented that this has long impressed her, the extent of my "memory".View comments on item 5 Add your comment on item 55

 

Both events informed me that I was still capable of rapid expression of very detailed information.  But, what information and from where? Add your comment on item 66

 

I discovered, in my early twenties, that I lacked mental imagery in all sensory modes (visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory, taste, proprioceptive, kinesthetic, somatic), both for remembrances and imagination. I cannot replay in imagery any past experiences. To my knowledge no one else has these collective limitations (although many lack imagery in specific sensory modes). This led to a lifetime of study of mental imagery and my own cognitive competencies and limitations; as well as compensations I developed for my disabilities. Details of my imagery competencies are explicated elsewhere.View comments on item 7 Add your comment on item 77

 

I have long accounted for my lack of specific memories because of  my lack of a "screen" (for imagery) on which to experience memories of sensory experiences.View comments on item 8 Add your comment on item 88

 

What memory I do have of specific events in my past are recalls (not in imagery) of reports of those events, as if from an external reporter.  It appears my memory of past events in my life consist of tales I have been motivated to tell at some time about those events. Today, all I can report of my past is based on such past reports, never from the events themselves.View comments on item 9 Add your comment on item 99

 

On a few significant events, I often "grok an emotion" I may have had at the moment of the event, or maybe of my earliest recollection, when I "remembered the story".View comments on item 10 Add your comment on item 1010

                                                                                  

My "thinking", usually, is neither visual nor verbal (occasionally verbal, never visual). My non-perceptual experiences don't fit into any conventional categories, except possibly "concrete abstraction" or "conceptual-emotional imagery"View comments on item 11 Add your comment on item 1111

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As I elder, my ability to express specific names and facts has slowed, both in actual retrieval and in time-delay. I have experienced a brief delay, sometimes, in remembering my Social Security Number, which I have targeted as an indicator of my slide into senility.  This is frustrating, but not over disturbing - at this time. Add your comment on item 1212

 

The two events, cited above, point to a different process. Add your comment on item 1313

 

I have long claimed that my fundamental process was to have new input interact with my emergent whole, which is altered, and then the specifics of the new input is lost. This actually is consistent with some theories of memory, but probably not to my extreme. Add your comment on item 1414

 

From Piaget's model, my assimilation to conventional categories is very weak. Almost every input leads to an accommodation of the pre-existing "structure of knowledge". However, there may be a type of assimilation to my emergent mind/world. Add your comment on item 1515

 

In every output I do include a few specific "facts", but these are probably not accessed from a record. Most of the time such specifics are not available, and I need to search for them online - when composing text. Yet, the few details that I can access seem to impress others that I have a good "memory" of such details - which I don't. Add your comment on item 1616

 

When I examine the details it my output it appears that NONE of it is specific recall of prior input. It appears to be generated information from synthesis processing of varied inputs. However, my expressions often appear to be as a report from "memory"; which is probably due to the habits of language. Add your comment on item 1717

 

This phenomena is most evident when I respond to emails or items read or viewed. Most of the time the response is only internal. Occasionally I make a brief note in my digital archive. Even more rarely I respond to others, and this is when the flood of detail often appears. I often start a reply to an email, intending it to be short; but it expands to a large dump of content.  Sometimes I send this with an apology for overload, other times I simply store it to my archive.  Other times I may attempt to compose in this "state".  What I write, in internal compositions, often triggers similar responses -- where I often withhold the flood of detail - and if this continues it leads to an apparent "random walk" in the web of my mind/world. Add your comment on item 1818

 

I speculate that my emerging "whole mind/world" can contain "detail" (that is "abstracted" from specific input). I further speculate that a primary process in my mind/brain emergence is "mind/world-weaving" (more details later), in contrast to the conventional sensory>via-memory>experience&behavior>memory.View comments on item 19 Add your comment on item 1919

 

It appears that when my (nuet's) "whole mind/world" is stimulated by an inputted semiotic structure, it outputs a chain of expressions that attempts to present a new context for that specific inputted semiotic structure.  During this Larry (the physiological being hosting nuet) is rather passive - only observing his own output.  Larry/nuet needs more time to reflect on this, and how to further explore implications. Add your comment on item 2020

 

This further justifies my view on what would be best for me and Gaia: that nuet's mind/world be probed by others who would process the discourse into cyberspace. And, that the processing of nuet's archive needs seafing. nuet is NOT an initiator.View comments on item 21 Add your comment on item 2121