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Does forgetting aid learning?
« on: June 16, 2010, 05:26:03 am »
I can't recall where I read that it might - by easing the formation and usage of generalities and highlighting exceptions.  We do seem to be able to learn and function while forgetting almost everything we experience - single days, weeks or even entire years.. but I'm not particularly happy with that explanation.

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Re: Does forgetting aid learning?
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2010, 06:16:32 am »
First it is a mountain, then it isn't a mountain, then it is a mountain again.   :fnord:
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Re: Does forgetting aid learning?
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2010, 01:07:39 am »
Don't forget the part where forgetting meaningless details allows for the recall of important ones without having to flip through our heads like an extremely overstuffed filing cabinet.
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Re: Does forgetting aid learning?
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2010, 02:23:23 am »
What you saw before might be related to reinforcement, going over things multiple times makes them easier to remember.  It's possible that forgetting aid in learning in that it makes a person both more likely and more able to go over material a second time.
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Re: Does forgetting aid learning?
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2010, 06:50:53 am »
Does forgetting aid learning?

I can't recall where I read that it might -

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Re: Does forgetting aid learning?
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2010, 03:40:00 pm »
 :argh!:  But at the same time, it's not like I did learn anything I could recall later  :wink:

I guess there's no way to answer this question without, say, building an AI which had perfect recollection.

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Re: Does forgetting aid learning?
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2010, 08:13:04 pm »
Is it that forgetting aids learning, or that learning necessitates forgetting? 
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Re: Does forgetting aid learning?
« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2010, 08:16:55 pm »
Or is forgetting just a side-effect of our squishy brain, and it's a miracle that we function at all?

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Re: Does forgetting aid learning?
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2010, 09:12:49 pm »
http://frank.itlab.us/forgetting/

Read the "Curve of Forgetting" section lower on the page.

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Re: Does forgetting aid learning?
« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2010, 01:42:05 am »
http://frank.itlab.us/forgetting/

Read the "Curve of Forgetting" section lower on the page.

Huh... I interpret that as: "How to learn despite the tendency to forget almost everything"

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Re: Does forgetting aid learning?
« Reply #10 on: June 22, 2010, 02:08:31 am »
That's the point. Do you really want to remember every cough and chair squeek from the lecture 3 weeks ago when you're taking the mid-term and mentally scanning back for the specific name of Mediterranean 'Orientalizing-Era' female sculptures with stiff poses, and stylized, highly patterned hair?
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Re: Does forgetting aid learning?
« Reply #11 on: June 24, 2010, 01:11:00 am »

Or does AIDS forget learning  :fnord:

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Re: Does forgetting aid learning?
« Reply #12 on: June 24, 2010, 02:07:31 am »
I don't think forgetting helps with learning

I think when your uncomfortable, you know you are learning something (until you can make it comfortable)
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