Another notion we concerned ourselves with was, of course, memory. But at that time, in the 1950s, I was at odds with most of my colleagues who were dealing with memory. As I see it, memory for biological systems cannot be dead storage of isolated data but must be a dynamic process that involves the whole system in computing what is going on at the moment and what may happen in the future. The mind does not have a particular section for memory, another for counting, and another for language. The whole system has memory, can count, can add, can write papers, and so forth.

Heinz von Foerster: Understanding Understanding-Essays on Cybernetics and Cognition. Link:


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