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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2019 12:59 p.m. PST

…an equation for that.

"It's not often you open a mathematical research paper and find a Pablo Neruda poem. But a new study in the journal Nature Human Behavior begins just like that: "Es tan corto el amor, y tan largo el olvido." Translation? "Love is so short, forgetting is so long."

The paper, titled "The universal decay of collective memory and attention," is an ambitious attempt to turn the slow slippage of cultural memory—the way a hit song lingers, or doesn't—into a quantitative method for measuring the way our attention to various cultural products declines. It seeks, in other words, to turn the most abstract cognitive phenomenon into a cold, hard equation…"
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Legion 409 Nov 2019 9:22 a.m. PST

Most Americans don't know anything about history save for what happened last week. When the news does a "man on the street" type interview, it's amazing how little most know about their own nation. Sad really …

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP09 Nov 2019 12:16 p.m. PST

Glup!….

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von Schwartz16 Nov 2019 7:30 p.m. PST

I think one of the biggest problems is that so many of the general population have the attention span of a typical 5 year old. If you can't stick it on a bumper sticker, no one will even look at it. The art/science of in-depth analysis and cognitive thinking is declining.

Legion 417 Nov 2019 3:51 p.m. PST

Yeah fortunately even with all the dumb Bleeped text Bleeped text Bleeped text around. There still are a handful very intelligent, smart, geniuses, etc. here to keep things going.

von Schwartz17 Nov 2019 7:31 p.m. PST

Tsk, Tsk, Tsk, such language Legion for a distinguished gentleman like yourself.(smile)

Legion 418 Nov 2019 8:51 a.m. PST

distinguished gentleman
WHO ?!?! ME ?!? huh?

I clearly remember one of the Infantry Instructors, CPT "Wild Bull Durham" say to me, "I can make you an officer but never a gentleman!"
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True story !

von Schwartz20 Nov 2019 8:14 p.m. PST

OK, maybe I went a wee bit too far with the gentleman crack.

Legion 421 Nov 2019 8:00 a.m. PST

Indeed !

dapeters21 Nov 2019 10:29 a.m. PST

I think there is an Amish proverb that translates something like we grow old to face but wise to slow.

Legion 421 Nov 2019 4:50 p.m. PST

With age comes wisdom … don't know who said that …

Of course I think we all know some old farts that does not apply to.

Some don't get better with age … they just get old …

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