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In , the great Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges (–) published Funes the Memorious. It is the fictional story of Ireneo Funes. IN “FUNES, T he Memorious,” Borges embarks upon an examination of the nature of communication. Ireneo Funes, the object of this fictional testimonial, is. Highbrow, city slicker, dude: Funes never spoke these injurious words, but I am sufficiently certain I represented for him those misfortunes. Pedro Leandro.

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The narrator, a version of Borges himself, meets Ireneo Funes, a teenage boy who lives in Fray BentosUruguayin Jemorious page was last edited on 24 Septemberat It seems to me I did not see his face until dawn; I believe I recall the intermittent glow of his cigarette.

The room smelled vaguely of dampness. As he enters, Borges is greeted by Funes’s voice speaking perfect Latin, reciting “the first paragraph of the twenty-fourth chapter of the seventh book of the Historia Naturalis ” by Pliny the Elder.

My father, that year, had taken me to spend the summer in Fray Bentos. My first memory of Funes is very perspicuous. The story raises the unresolved question of how much unfulfilled potential the human brain truly contains. Even in these cases, however, the memory is not eidetic as, while exceptional, it only contains personally-relevant autobiographical information [3].

May Learn how and when to remove this template message. Funes claims to have invented a system of enumeration which gives every numeral up to at least 24, its own arbitrary name. The narrator mentions that Locke postulated then rejected an impossible idiom “in which each individual thing, each stone, each bird and each branch would have its own name; Funes once projected an analogous language, but discarded it because it seemed too general to him, too ambiguous” [4] since it did not take time into account: I remember the cigarette in his hard face, against the now limitless storm cloud.

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Funes the Memorious

Aust N Z J Psychiatry. Because “memorious” is a rare word in modern English, some translators opt for this alternate translation.

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I was told he had been thrown by a half-tamed horse on the San Francisco ranch and was left hopelessly paralyzed. I now arrive at the most difficult point in my story. The early death of Funes echoes the idea of unfulfilled potential, the wasted miracle of ffunes plainsman with phenomenal abilities who lives and dies in obscurity.

After a sultry day, an enormous slate-colored storm had hidden the sky. Soon enough, Borges receives a thhe from Funes, requesting that the visitor lend him some of his Latin books and a dictionary. Borges explores a variety of topics in the text, such as the need of generalization and abstraction to thought and science. I shall not try to reproduce the words, which are now irrecoverable. His handwriting was perfect, very sharply outlined; his orthography, of the type favored by Memorlous Bello: Commentary The consequences for Funes of memroious precise memory are interesting, particularly when one considers that experiment of nature that A.

The narrator argues that a positional number system is a better tool for abstraction.

At first I naturally feared a joke. The scientific term for their unique condition is ” hyperthymestic syndrome “, more recently known as highly superior autobiographical memory HSAM. The narrator points this out to Funes, i.

Borges spends the whole night talking to Funes in the dark. This story it is well the reader know it by now has no other plot than that dialogue which took place half a century ago.


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It was not only difficult for him to understand that the generic term dog [italicized in original] embraced so many unlike specimens of differing sizes and different forms; he was disturbed by the fact that a dog at three-fourteen seen in profile should have the same name as the dog at three-fifteen seen from the front ” Funes’s mother escorts him to a patio where the youth usually spends his dark hours.

This is stated in the line “To think is to forget a difference, to generalize, to fuens. Funes has an immediate intuition of the mane of a horse or the form of a constantly changing flame that is comparable to our normal people’s intuition of a fujes geometric shape such as a triangle or square.

He learns that Ireneo Funes has meanwhile suffered a horseback riding accident and is now hopelessly crippled. As narrative this can be seen as extended version of insomnia.