Highbrow, city slicker, dude: Funes never spoke these injurious words, but I am sufficiently certain I represented for him those misfortunes. Pedro Leandro. 3 Feb In , the great Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges (–) published Funes the Memorious. It is the fictional story of Ireneo Funes. Page 1. Page 2. Page 3. Page 4.

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There will be “an explosion of entities” in the universe, as the philosopher Ernest Sosa would say I remember I think his angular, leather-braiding hands. He also mentions Messala Corvinus, the orator, who lost recollection of even his own name.


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Aust N Z J Psychiatry. As an example he tells the story of a man who lost the capacity to name letters after being struck by a stone, and of another who forgot certain people after falling from a roof. Funes sits in a dark room and goes over the events in his past. The narrator argues that a positional number system is a better tool for abstraction. The second half of the quotation is itself a quotation: One can add to that, for if it went on typing to eternity, it would inevitably type out all that could ever be said [End Page 33] in all those languages that use the Roman alphabet, including not only all of Shakespeare and all books that have ever been written or could be, but all those books with one letter displaced, with two letters displaced, and all the nonsense that could ever be made up, and, of course, the process would be repeated chaotically ad infinitum.

Because Funes can distinguish every physical object at every distinct time of viewing, he has no clear need of generalization or detail-suppression for the management of sense impressions.


I remember him I have no fuens to utter this sacred verb, only one man on earth had that right and he is dead with a dark passion flower in his hand, seeing it as no one has ever seen it, though he might look at it from the twilight of dawn till that of evening, a whole lifetime.

As narrative this can be seen as extended version of insomnia.

Funes, the Memorious Summary

It reminds us of one of Bertrand Russell’s comments, that finally, to banish all sameness from the “common” referent, one would have to have a word for every infinitesimal instant of every object, hapax legomenaa language of “once-only-names” Russell What immediately strikes any sensible person is the utter uselessness of such a language. Funes, we are told, is incapable of Platonic ideas, of generalities, of abstraction; his world is one of intolerably uncountable details.

As an inevitable result of this profligacy with entities, there will be no end to their number.

This photographic memory includes the ability to reconstruct his own dreams in minute detail. Intervenciones sobre pensamiento y literatura Buenos Aires: The first, he tells the reader, was in February or March of Everything becomes public in a small town; Ireneo, in his house on the outskirts, did not take long to learn of the arrival of these anomalous books. He lived with his mother, around the corner from the Laureles house. menorious

There are clear parallels between Shereshevskii and Funes, despite the fact that the former trained his memory based on his synesthesia while for the latter to remember everything was completely natural. Funes is, I would say, a classic reference in any book by an Argentine author on the topic of memory.


Going back to Funes and other people with extraordinary memory, we must mention Borges himself, who could quote whole passages in Spanish, English, German, and Anglo-Saxon, among other tongues. Most of these characters had been earlier described by Cicero in his Tusculan Disputations. In other words, Funes is unable to forget anything that his mind has observed even thd.

We were running a kind of race with the storm. Not without a certain vaingloriousness, I had begun at that time my methodical study of Latin. This section needs additional citations for verification. Kodama started to read a page at random and Borges, amazingly, guided memorioux to the right page even though he had been blind for many years and—as he jotted on the first page—had read the book indecades before this encounter with Kodama.

As we shall see in the following chapters, Shereshevskii memoriosu a very strong synesthesia—an involuntary link between different senses, like associating numbers with colors— that gave his memories a much richer content and thus made them easier to recollect. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through funew with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

In the afternoons, he would memoriouw him-self be brought out to the window. My cousins assured me that was not the case, that these were peculiarities of Ireneo.

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