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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2019 11:59 a.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 8:22 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 11:16 a.m. PST



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