(urth) Memories stored in the brain

Gerry Quinn gerry at bindweed.com
Mon Jul 15 03:46:34 PDT 2013

From: Ashley Crill

> > I assume the connection would be that memories traditionally considered
> > to be stored on the brain were in this case stored elsewhere in the
> > body. That seems to be a key Wolfean conceit and one presumably
> > necessary for the alzabo effect, unless the animal always eats the brain
> > before it mimics its dead prey. However, there may be other ways to
> > explain this behavior in planaria.

> I understood it to be the opposite.
> The 'Wolfean' idea represented seems to be that memories can only be
> transmitted by eating a certain part of the brain.
> Reference Severian's gruesome accession to the Autarchy as an example.

The way I understood it, both work - but eating the brain, rather than the 
body, and probably using a higher-quality elixir compared to whatever 
Vodalus was able to brew, works better and probably has fewer side effects.

- Gerry Quinn

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