In , the great Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges (–) published Funes the Memorious. It is the fictional story of Ireneo Funes. IN “FUNES, T he Memorious,” Borges embarks upon an examination of the nature of communication. Ireneo Funes, the object of this fictional testimonial, is. Highbrow, city slicker, dude: Funes never spoke these injurious words, but I am sufficiently certain I represented for him those misfortunes. Pedro Leandro.

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He learned to speak Icelandic in a week. The early death of Funes echoes the idea of unfulfilled potential, the wasted miracle of a plainsman with phenomenal abilities who lives and dies in obscurity. In lieu of five hundred, he would say nine.

I crossed the tile patio, the little passageway; I reached the second patio. Quiroga warns us not to make rash inferences: Aristotle considered concepts to be merely abstractions of ordinary things and not entities from a different realm.

She has problems with anything to do with generality, concepts and abstractions.

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In order to pass the time, Memirious has engaged in projects such as reconstructing a full day’s worth of past memories an effort which, he finds, takes him another ufnes dayand constructing a “system of enumeration” that gives each number a different, arbitrary name. Out of this developed studies of the brain and the location of specific brain functions in specific areas of the brain.


Borges read and remembered. Borges writes to remember and memorialise. In eighty-seven I returned to Fray Bentos. The need for general terms and categorisation and the generation of concepts is linked with memory.

Memories become an addiction. Borges spends the whole night talking to Funes in the dark.

Funes the Memorious (Funes el Memorioso)

This is stated in the line “To think is to forget a difference, to generalize, to abstract. He connects metaphysical issues of possible worlds with modal logic and explains how to read modal logic as metaphysics.

We speak with the left hemisphere. I was told he never moved from his cot, with his eyes fixed on the fig tree in the back or on fuens spider web. In a review of a hapless novel he looks for a secret plot but it is beyond his ingenuity to find one. The neurons like the Jennifer Aniston one abstract concepts that are used to create links, associations ideas and memories.

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Every time he sees his wife memlrious hugs her and kisses her, moved to tears, thinking he has not seen her in years. The vanishing point is the inner limit, as the frame is the outer limit. Memory reconciliation can lead to fantasy or false memories. His fate is to know that what is real to us is more impoverished than the world.


Funes the Memorious

These are signs of integrity and plenitude. He could repeat them in reverse order. He processed information literally. Different levels of categorisation lead to variety of meanings. The translation of El libro de los seres imaginarios was completed in May, and published by E. Irby is the first that I read, and it remains my favourite. Intolerable precision and detail memoruous us.

In mathematical terms, Funes had treated each number as a prime, a unique integer without relation to other unique integers.

The room smelled vaguely memirious dampness. Because “memorious” is a rare word in modern English, some translators opt for this alternate translation.

The indirect style is remote and weak; I know I am sacrificing the efficacy of my narrative; my readers should imagine for themselves the hesitant periods which overwhelmed me that night.