He told me the fellow in the alleyway was one Ireneo Funes, known for certain peculiarities such as avoiding contact with peo~. pIe and always knowing what. Highbrow, dandy, city slicker—Funes did not utter those insulting words, but I know He told me that the boy in the narrow street was one Ireneo Funes, and. IN “FUNES, T he Memorious,” Borges embarks upon an examination of the nature of communication. Ireneo Funes, the object of this fictional testimonial, is.

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Funes the Memorious – Wikipedia

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Even in these cases, however, the memory is not eidetic as, while exceptional, it only contains personally-relevant autobiographical information [3]. The Mind of a Mnemonist”. The early death of Funes echoes ifeneo idea of unfulfilled potential, the wasted miracle of a plainsman with phenomenal abilities who lives and dies in obscurity. Price has stated that she, like Funes, views her memory as a curse.

The narrator claims that this prevents abstract thought, given that induction and deduction rely on this ability. Borges correctly points out to him that this is precisely the ireeneo of a system of enumeration, but Funes is incapable of such understanding. Borges’s cousin asks the boy for the time, and Funes replies instantly, without the aid of a watch and accurate to the minute.

He remembers, for example, the shape of clouds at all given moments, as well as the associated perceptions muscular, thermal, etc.

Funes the Memorious

funss Funes, we are told, is incapable of Platonic ideas, of generalities, of abstraction; his world is one of intolerably uncountable details. British-American neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks cites Luria’s book as the inspiration for his own book, Awakeningswhich is dedicated to Luria. Borges, disconcerted, sends Funes what he deems the most difficult works “in order fully to undeceive him”. Funes has an immediate intuition of the mane of a horse or the iremeo of a constantly changing flame that is comparable to our normal people’s intuition of a simple geometric shape such as a triangle or square.


This is stated in the line “To think is to forget a difference, to generalize, to abstract. Further Skywriting on this topic. The narrator argues that a positional number system is a better tool for abstraction. Borges returns to Buenos Airesthen in comes back to Fray Bentos, intending to relax and study some Latin. Because Funes can distinguish every physical object at every distinct time of viewing, he has no clear need of generalization or detail-suppression for the management of sense impressions.

It is a fantastical presentation of a common human complaint.

Borges himself states the tale is a metaphor for this in the prologue to Artifices. The story raises the unresolved question of how much unfulfilled potential the human brain truly contains. All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from August All articles with dead external links Articles with dead external links from January Articles with permanently dead external links Articles with Russian-language external links Articles needing additional references from May All articles needing additional references.

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Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. A poor, ignorant young boy in the outskirts of a small town, he is hopelessly limited in his possibilities, but says Borges his absurd projects reveal “a certain stammering greatness”.

In order to pass the time, Funes has engaged in projects such as reconstructing a full day’s worth of past memories an effort which, he finds, takes him another full dayand constructing a “system of enumeration” that gives each number a different, arbitrary name.


As narrative this can be seen as extended version of insomnia. May Learn how and when to remove this template message. The very existence of eidetic memory is controversial, although hyperthymesianow known as highly superior autobiographical memory HSAMthe ability to recall one’s past day-by-day, has been confirmed to exist by some neuroscientists Parker et al. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Jill Pricealong with 10 others, can remember with great accuracy most days of their lives starting from the average age of Retrieved from ” https: The unheeded marvel is a common theme in Borges’s writing.

Funes’s mother escorts him to a patio where the youth usually spends his dark hours.

The narrator, a version of Borges himself, meets Ireneo Funes, a fuunes boy who lives in Fray BentosUruguayin 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. Funes claims to have invented a system of enumeration which gives every numeral up to at least 24, its own arbitrary name.

The scientific term for their unique condition is ” hyperthymestic syndrome “, more recently known as highly superior autobiographical memory HSAM. When dawn reveals Funes’s face, only 19 years old, Borges sees him “as monumental as bronze, more ancient than Egypt, anterior to the prophecies and the pyramids”. The real-life case of Daniel Tammet b. Borges spends the whole night talking to Funes in the dark.