Cognition, Recognition, and Recall
Bridging the Gap between Matter and Symbol II
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When new information comes to an organism's attention, the organism may or may not achieve cognition of it. Let's suppose that it does.
When the same information or very similar ("similar enough") information is encountered again, re-cognition, commonly known as recognition, takes place. Recognition is very fast, nearly instantaneous. Just about every time it occurs, some reasoning has to have taken place.
With new information presented as a lecture, a book (or similar reading matter), a chart, a few pictures in a series, or a slideshow; when asked to use the information in any way, the path is by way of recall. The organism has to painstakingly recall the lecture or chart or book, and apply the information to a new situation that is not the same as the situation in which the information was first presented. One is not reading a book when you need to dredge up the information you need from the book; you may even have to go back and consult the book. Reading a book is a task in itself; applying the information from the book to a task is quite another thing indeed.
Recognition of your friend's face in a crowd is taken for granted, but actually is one of the most amazing things an organism can do voluntarily.
More to the point: Using digitized movies to acquire skill rapidly.
This is very very good.
Richard Katz 1999
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