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Another day older, yet not deeper in debt. Slacking massively this week; it feels fabulous. Setting a deadline of sunday to begin preparing myself for the second test go-round. Been feeling like I am hungry all the time. Hope to do paperwork/bills during knitting night, it will get dicey if I don't get that over with.

Memory has been on my mind all week. Has mine ever worked up to par? I was always a binge and purge student.

hey justicar... i am sorry about the work thing. what a mess. will email but please send me another IM. back to troubleshooting.


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Oct. 2nd, 2003 12:12 am (UTC)
Oct. 2nd, 2003 06:31 am (UTC)
that is a sentiment i think I can agree with *grin*
Oct. 2nd, 2003 08:04 am (UTC)
some days are harder than others, with the shasta. oh, the stories! the long, boring, annoying stories! oh how we wrestle with the GUI! actually, fuck the GUI, i don't even run it, because it is annoying.
Oct. 2nd, 2003 04:19 am (UTC)
My brother says that academics usually measure only memory. He thinks intelligence has more to do with problem-solving and adaptation, and I agree with him.
Oct. 2nd, 2003 06:34 am (UTC)
Well, it depends. All the problem-solving ability in the world isn't worth a plugged nickel unless you have data for it to work with. Experts in their fields have flexible and agile minds, but they also have a huge amount of specific factual knowledge squirreled away in there.

Sure, you can always look stuff up, but if you're going to perform whatever it is you do fluently, most of the information you need had better be in your brain already. If you're using up all your energy on trying to retrieve or recreate the data you need ("Let's see, inner planets... well, Mercury is kind of small and rocky, so I guess maybe that's a characteristic..."), you have that much less brainpower (or, in a test, time) left to do abstract, higher-level thinking with that data.

So although I agree that formal education ought to focus more on problem solving, I do think that the memory part is really fundamental. The problem is, of course, that they never move past it. (I would even venture to say that if educators did focus more on problem solving, courses at all levels would be more interesting, and people would start to see a motivation for learning all those facts.)
Oct. 5th, 2003 09:06 pm (UTC)
I agree... and have been very sadly fretting that my memory isn't up to the kind of tasks that graduate work demands, among other things. I also don't like photographs turning into the only memories I have of things.
Oct. 6th, 2003 10:23 am (UTC)
I also don't like photographs turning into the only memories I have of things.

Me too. :-( That's the main reason I've been blogging since 1996, actually-- because then I get to look back and go, "Oh yeah, I'd forgotten about that..."
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