Help me remember this book, please.
September 21, 2010 1:59 PM Subscribe
[bookfilter] Help me remember this non fiction book I read as a teenager about "mind power" (if I remember correctly)
posted by patheral to Writing & Language (5 answers total)
The only detail I remember is pretty specific but my googlefu is failing me. The book was about getting the most out of the brain, I think.
This is the bit I remember:
The author compared the long-term memory to a library, a poorly indexed, unorganized library full of musty old books that's relegated to the cellar of the brain. The little guy at the desk generally has nothing to do but kick back and read the paper. That is until he's asked retrieve a memory, then he'll throw the paper down and go searching for it in the stacks. This takes a while because, as mentioned before, the memory is a huge, unorganized mess and the poor guy only has a vague clue as to where it might be. But if the request is made over and over again (what was that guy's name?), he has to return to hear the request so it's better to ask the question once and let him do his work. This guy also isn't very bright, so he's not going to always return with the right memory and may have make several trips... This is why some people will wake up at two in the morning with their "aha!" moment.
I don't know why I remember that little bit so well, but it's always stuck with me. Anyway, I want to use the analogy in a paper but I can't find the book again to cite it. Does anyone else know the book I'm talking about? Since I read it as a teenager, this would have been published in or before the '80s