Abstract

This chapter discusses the difference between human memory and computer memory, and the effects of this difference. There is a tendency to confuse memory capacity — dramatically expanded in computer technology — with understanding and competence. The latter qualities of the human working memory are connected with forgetfulness and fantasy — two qualities that are often seen as disturbing and potential causes of unreliability. But should they not be seen instead as positive properties of the human active memory?

Keywords

Europe Defensive Attitude Metaphor 

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  • Julian Hilton

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