WOK: Memory Thomas Vincent

Given the easy accessibility of information, is memory important as a basis of knowledge?

Memory paragraph:

Given the easy access of information, memory is no longer important as a foundation of knowledge.The creation of the internet has lead to the beginning of a new era. New inventions such as Google has given people an unfathomable amount of access to information, never believed possible. Most people would probably jump to the conclusion that all of the information accessible on Google is ‘over flooding’ our brains, however this is not the case. Regardless, if someone watches a youtube video or is learning through a textbook, the same senses are being used. The brain is already well adapted to filtering out unnecessary information so google is unlikely to have an effect. One example says that there is no emotional connection to the information being received from the internet and sites like Google. Generally, facts and numbers have to be learnt through effort and then makes the emotional attachment to it, and decides how important this information is. The brain therefore renders the the process of remembering things useless because of Google. A brain has to be trained to remember key facts and ideas like someone playing a violin. Lots of practise and a stimulating activity helps memory retention. Searching up books in a library, searching other resources and changing your location helps to create a stimulating environment which helps memory retention compared to just searching something up on Google. Therefore, given the easy access of information memory is no longer becoming important as a basis for knowledge as sites such as Google can provide information in a split second, but at a significant cost to our memory as we no longer process the information the same way anymore.

EARLY DRAFT:

Given the easy access of information, memory is no longer important as a foundation of knowledge. The creation of the internet has lead to the beginning of a new era. Search engines such as google has helped people access information, since all the information is available online. As discussed in Dean Burnett’s article “is the internet killing our brains?”, there are several reasons people are remembering less and less. Most people would probably jump to the conclusion that all of the information accessible on google is ‘over flooding’ our brains, however this is not the case. Regardless, if someone watches a youtube video or is learning through a textbook, the same senses are being used. The brain is already well adapted to filtering out unnecessary information so google is unlikely to have an affect. One example says that there is no emotional connection to the information being received from the internet and sites like google. Generally, facts and numbers have to be learnt through effort and then makes the emotional attachment to it, and decides how important this information is. The brain therefore renders the the process of remembering things useless. A brain has to be trained to remember key facts and ideas like someone playing a violin. Lots of practise and a stimulating activity helps memory retention. Searching up books in a library, searching other resources and changing your location helps to create a stimulating environment which helps memory retention compared to just searching something up on Google. Another conclusion due to research, is that small amounts of quick information is also affecting our short term memory as small presentations provides too many features for the human’s small short term capacity. The internet also provides a means for our short attention spans to wonder, within a click anyone can find themselves on a distracting website. The internet is not solely responsible for our shorter attention spans, it just allows people the ability to be distracted. Therefore less of our time is spent memorising dates and facts which is actually committed to memory through repetition. Therefore, given the easy access of information memory is no longer becoming important as a basis for knowledge as sites such as Google can provide information in a split second, but at a significant cost to our memory as we no longer process the information the same way anymore.

Journal: What have you learned so far?

From the extra readings, I have learned about how memory has been affected by inventions such as Google. Sites like Google offer a wealth of knowledge and so this affecting the way in which we can access/process knowledge. Memory is affected in a variety of ways, and I am asking the question of whether knowledge is important as a basis of knowledge as the meaning of this statement is currently changing due to the inventions of Google.

Assess your paragraph as it stands now:

My paragraph has some obvious grammatical errors and formatting problems which I hope to smooth out. I will also need to cite the evidence within my paragraph to prove my points. However, I am very happy with my question and the extra readings which I have found, as they compliment each other. I also need to strengthen my conclusion I am still not 100% sure if my evidence is suitable and will have my group members read over my paragraph to find further flaws.

Extension questions

1. To what extent are areas of knowledge shaped by their past?

2.Discuss the way in which shared knowledge can shape personal knowledge.

3.Ways of knowing operate differently in personal and shared knowledge

Extension proposal:

https://www.ted.com/talks/elizabeth_loftus_the_fiction_of_memory/transcript?language=en#t-242302

Psychologist Elizabeth Loftus studies false memories . In some instances people either remember things that didn't happen or remember them differently from the way they really were. In most crime cases this is a renowned phenomenon and its more common than most might think. Elizabeth Loftus shares some fascinating stories and statistics and brings up some important questions. Elizabeth brings up some examples where false witness testimonies from people who have remembered something wrong has ruined someone's life. Clearly memory can have big impacts in the real world and in this case, someone's life.

I have learnt many things about memory, firstly I have learnt that memory does not necessarily have to be an important basis for knowledge any longer with inventions such as Google. Google makes it possible for people to look up information in an instant without having to actually memorize said information anymore. I have also looked up the implications of memory in the real world and the consequences of this. False witness testimonies are a perfect example, of how memory impacts the lives of those around us. Memory used to be the main source of where we as individuals would draw our knowledge, but the ease of access of information today has forever changed this statement. Despite a new way of learning about a way of knowing, it was interesting. I found it easier to connect my way of knowing to the real world, with real life examples. With the old style of presenting our way of knowing, it was hard to formulate a presentation and have all of our member's co-ordinate. However, with this badge project, we worked more as individuals and I had my group member's peer edit my work in order to best enhance it.

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