"Every perception is to some degree an act of creation, and every act of memory is to some degree an act of imagination."
-- Gerald Edelman, Second Nature: Brain Science and Human Knowledge
Aren't external memory aids enough？If personal memory systems are so great, why aren't they more widely used？Aren't external memory aids enough？More patterns of Anki usePart I: How to remember almost anything: the Anki systemAugmenting Long-term Memory2020-09-24Journal
Fluency matters in thinking. Alan Kay and Adele Goldberg have proposed\\ Alan Kay and Adele Goldberg, Personal Dynamic Media (1977). the thought experiment of a flute in which there is “a one-second delay between blowing a note and hearing it!” As they observe, this is “absurd”. In a similar way, certain types of thoughts are much easier to have when all the relevant kinds of understanding are held in mind. And for that, Anki is invaluable.