So, since my last post, I have lost my password to log in to the administrator area three times and forgotten my user name twice. Sigh. What is more impermanent? My memories or passwords and user names?
Hmmm…the brain is often referred to as a neural network. The computer is a network. Therefore, a computer is a brain? How well I rememberinformation in my brain depends on how well I encode it in the first place (which is subject to variables such as attention, emotional salience and amount of competing information); if I enter that same information into Excel and choose “Save” it’s there whether or not the computer was paying attention.
Sure. I could drop orange juice on my computer and fry it. BUT if I thought to back it up before frying it, I could still retrieve the information and access it. If I clonk my head, no such luck.
If I die, my Facebook profile can be memorialized indefinitely, while my thoughts and memories disperse.
What is impermanence any way, if it exists only in contrast to permanence?
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