Sunday, December 23, 2012
The second book I have only just begun, but it is deeply satisfying and a bit decadent for me. Rodrigo Quian Quiroga's Borges and Memory is a work of philosophy that examines an important intersection between science and art. It revolves around a Borges story about a man (Funes) who has perfect memory. The author examines Borges's notes made in the margins of his books to see just how much research into psychology and the science of memory he had made. As it turned out, a great deal, and Borges anticipated current scientific findings in neuroscience a half a century before some of these recent discoveries were made. This book is a bit like Jonathan Lehrer's Proust Was A Neuroscientist, but the Borges book benefits from being written by an academic, a professor, working in the field about which he speaks.