Thursday, October 13, 2011

Whenever I think of the Hook Operators now...

Trying to explain his poetic process, Samuel Coleridge introduced* the "hook-and-eye" model of memory. Image meets a related image and binds to it through shared affinities, so that thinking of one leads to the other; then others attach themselves to the dog-pile, until they coalesce into a kind of mnemonic dust-bunny under the bed:

Obviously the best way to test this model is to take a number of familiar objects, cover them with hooks, and roll them around within a house-sized tumbler to see what unforeseen and astonishingly poetic images emerge as they collide randomly and cling (or fail to cling).This is going to be the best Mythbusters episode EVAH.

Perhaps it will make up for the débâcle that ensued from their attempt to test Socrates' 'aviary' model of memory.

* OK, he actually stole it from David Hartley.

12 comments:

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

How about the X-Ray Spex "plastic bag" model?
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Dragon-King Wangchuck said...

Wait. Samuel Coleridge as in Samuel Taylor "proof LSD existed in teh 18th century" Coleridge? I guess that explains some things provided you have a very liberal method of defining "shared affinities".

tigris said...

proof LSD existed in teh 18th century

There's enough evidence for laudanum-soaked-dopers that I can't imagine further proof was needed.

Smut Clyde said...

a very liberal method of defining "shared affinities"

You really should read The Road to Xanadu, which tries to reconstruct the workings of Coleridge's mind in detail. Contemporary Coleridge scholars don't seem to rate for it, but it's so much fun that I don't care.

Mendacious D said...

The hook and eye model sounds a lot like an early iteration of Katamari Damacy.

vacuumslayer said...

WTF is that art piece? I'll take five.

Smut Clyde said...

It's in the Czech modern art collection in the Veletržní palác, up on the 6th floor. I don't seem to have noted down the artist's name, though, and the gallery's website is a load of pants.

fish said...

So you took accurate geospatial coordinates within +/-1m but forgot to note the artist? Okay then. At least you got the important part.

fish said...

Also the world needs more X-Ray Spex.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

proof LSD existed in teh 18th century

Cogito ergot sum.

mikey said...

"A load of pants".

Hokay. That's every bit as righteous as a 'dog's breakfast'.

I'm going to assume it is something fundamentally different than a "pants load". It also constitutes a description of laundry that could never apply to me.

"What's that?"

"A load of pants."

"In the middle of your office? How'd they get there?"

"Dunno. Art project, probably."

Smut Clyde said...

Cogito ergot sum.
AHEM.