"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
2 Procedural versus declarative memory:4 Procedural versus declarative memory:Procedural versus declarative memory:More patterns of Anki usePart I: How to remember almost anything: the Anki systemAugmenting Long-term Memory2020-09-24JournalOne kid says to me, “See that bird? What kind of bird is that?” > > > I said, “I haven't the slightest idea what kind of a bird it is.” > > > > He says, “It'a brown-throated thrush. Your father doesn't teach you anything!” > > > > But it was the opposite. He \[Feynman's father\] had already taught me: “See that bird?” he says. “It's a Spencer's warbler.” (I knew he didn't know the real name.) “Well, in Italian, it's a Chutto Lapittida. In Portuguese, it's a Bom da Peida… You can know the name of that bird in all the languages of the world, but when you're finished, you'll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird! You'll only know about humans in different places, and what they call the bird. So let's look at the bird and see what it's doing — that's what counts.” (I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.) Continue reading…