The Guardian of All Things: The Epic Story of Human Memory
A fascinating exploration of the history of memory and human civilization
Memory makes us human. No other animal carries in its brain so many memories of such complexity nor so regularly revisits those memories for happiness, safety, and the accomplishment of complex tasks. Human civilization continues because we are able to pass along memories from one person to another, from one generation to the next.
The Guardian of All Things is a sweeping scientific history that takes us on a 10,000-year-old journey replete with incredible ideas, inventions, and transformations. From cave drawings to oral histories to libraries to the internet, The Guardian of All Things is the history of how humans have relentlessly pursued new ways to preserve and manage memory, both within the human brain and as a series of inventions external to it. Michael S. Malone looks at the story of memory, both human and mechanical, and the historic turning points in that story that have not only changed our relationship to memory, but have also changed our human fabric. Full of anecdotes, history, and advances of civilization and technology, The Guardian of All Things is a lively, epic journey along a trajectory of history no other book has ever described, one that will appeal to the curious as well as the specialist.
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Far-ranging examination of the pivotal role that memory plays in human life. Malone explores the history, biology, and sociological aspects of human culture. Speech begat writing. Scrolls and books begat libraries. The printing press arrived on the scene, and literacy began to climb. Photography enabled us to capture visual images, and Ediison and others invented machines capable of recording sounds, and then moving images, and then moving images with sound. The explosion of data demanded mechanisms to manage and sort it, so primitive punchcard systems were devised. Electric computers came along (Babbage's mechanical one turned out to be a bust), with their evolution greatly accelerated by advances in technology--transistors, semiconductors, integrated circuits,. Where is all this leading? Malone ventures into futurology. The marriage of man and machine is already upon us. Cochlear implants permit the deaf to hear, and brain pacemakers are providing relief to som patients with advanced Parkinsonism. He covers a lot of ground, and in a very readablemanner.
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So...this book, it's full of errors. Ridiculously full of errors, so much so it was like watching a movie so bad that it's enjoyable. I can only speak to the section where I already knew something ...
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