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What's More Important (fundamental to survival and success) Reason Or Memory?

  1. vveasey profile image84
    vveaseyposted 20 months ago

    What's More Important (fundamental to survival and success) Reason Or Memory?

    Can you reason without memory (recall)? Can you remember without reasoning (thinking?)


  2. Dr CHE Sadaphal profile image76
    Dr CHE Sadaphalposted 20 months ago

    Memory because it is what animates reason.

    A person with just reason is doomed to operate in the present only and has to accumulation of knowledge over time, limiting survival. (They forgot that plant is poisonous).

    A person with just memory could be taught "reasonable" things that are subsequently recalled.

  3. dashingscorpio profile image87
    dashingscorpioposted 20 months ago


    Without memory it's impossible to correlate ideas or principles that have been (established as a foundation) which allows one to move forward logical reasoning. Essentially everything builds upon itself.
    One has to memorize the alphabet and it's phonics in order to read.
    It's impossible to learn anything without (remembering) what you saw, heard, or read about. Analytical reasoning calls for more than memory. One has to understand the concept and principles.
    Memorizing 3 X 15 = 45 is not the same as {explaining} why it is so.
    This is why many math teachers tell students to "show your work".
    They want to see their student's deductive reasoning.
    However if you can't (remember how) to do something it's over!

  4. Ericdierker profile image52
    Ericdierkerposted 20 months ago

    These two concepts have so many facets that one has to put them in context and circumstance in order to make sense of it.
    The absent minded professor who is genius in all matters history may easily forget his wife's birthday or a doctor's appointment. Edison had to remember all the ways he had failed to produce the light bulb in order to stumble onto the correct solution but as I understand it, he would forget to eat.
    A battery of tests to determine that concept of intelligence must have questions that have not been worked out before. An athlete must have extreme muscle memory to be proficient at a task, but to reach a higher level must often forget what he pounded into his head for years.
    There are wonderful examples of young children not remembering things from a younger age that can just do them.
    Much of what we "remember" is not remembered consciously.
    A fun area of inquiry is Deja Vu.
    So often negative events creating negative feelings are not consciously remembered at all yet can cause anxiety, fear and even paralysis.
    We really are just learning about PTSD. And this concussion disorder is just beginning to be understood in the memory field. Of course we have no real cure for Alzheimer's.
    But with all these idiosyncrasies of memory some folks can reason very well and yet others just don't seem to have the gift. Teach some people as well as you can and they are so emotionally driven that reason just does not work for them. Religiosity in it's extreme will allow someone to remember many passages of scripture and follow them but a simple question of why will leave them baffled beyond their belief.
    The question is like "what is justice". It just cannot be answered in the general and needs to be put into context of a particular in order to make any sense at all.

  5. tamarawilhite profile image91
    tamarawilhiteposted 20 months ago

    Reason. Many low IQ people have very poor reasoning but excellent photographic memory.
    The highly intelligent people with near photographic memory are notable because they are so rare.
    And our society rewards problem solving and skillsets - not memorization.