Anticipated Memory

As someone who is happy to lug a big camera around, I find really interesting the notion that the ubiquity of cameras transforms our perception of the current moment from one of being in the present to one of planning the memory we will experience later.

Like in the linked video, I don’t see this as a bad thing, just something to be aware of.

I was also struck how this sense of anticipated memory is actually a really healthy way to approach being a participant in a learning event. Sure, the event should ideally be valuable in and of itself, but most people engage with training as a means to an end*. To that extent, is it possible to apply the concept of anticipated memory to create a tangible way for learners to prepare themselves to learn? Anticipated intelligence?

*I’m talking here of corporate training. K-12 and college are enormous investments of time and it makes sense, like John Dewey, to view school not just as a means to an end, but as something that ideally should be a valuable experience in and of itself.


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