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Chapter 46: Memory: A Look Into the Past, Present, and Future

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Memory: A Look Into the Past, Present, and Future
Memory: A look into the past, present, and future
Memory is, therefore, neither Perception nor Conception, but a state or affection of one of these, conditioned by lapse of time. — Aristotle, 350 BCE

Over two millennia have passed since Aristotle first began to reason about the properties and structure of memory. In addition to Aristotle, many other historical figures have spent time trying to decipher the complexities of memory. Plato was known to describe memory as a wax tablet to be written on. Additionally, philosophers such as Descartes and Kant portrayed simple and complex ideas as being the building blocks of thought and memory. Nevertheless, none of these great thinkers were actually capable of experimentally testing their ...

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