[-empyre-] forgetting, oblivion

andrew burrell andrew at miscellanea.com
Fri Nov 9 10:27:22 EST 2007


Hi Steve,

Greg Egan has made some profound investigations into self, memory and
technology in his sci-fi work. Off the top of my head, the collection
'Axiomatic' features the short story 'Learning to be Me'  (which is
only one of many) that investigates the externalization of memory.

cheers
andrew

On Nov 7, 2007 5:49 AM, sdv at krokodile.co.uk <sdv at krokodile.co.uk> wrote:
> Almost sorry to interject but can anyone remind me of  any of the
> science fiction stories that deal with the externalization of memory ?
>
> I can remember an early  Brian Aldiss story but .... ?
>
> thanks
> steve
>
> John Hopkins wrote:
>
> > I occasionally threaten my students that I will require one bit of
> > work -- that they memorize the contents of their mobile phones...
> >
> > externalization of memory -- essentially a process of putting organic
> > memory into a very rigid framework of reduced impression.  That
> > framework is generated by the techno-social system which consequently
> > filters the memory into what vessels that techno-social system values.
> >
> > A thought voice-spoken into the ear is released only for a moment from
> > embodied presence as the sonic energy passes from the Self to the
> > Other.  In the Other it manifests for ever as a changed energy state
> > of be-ing.
> >
> > JH
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