In 2009 Gordon Bell and Jim Gemmell wrote a book Total Recall. “How the E-Memory Revolution will change everything.” That was 2009.
The E-Memory Revolution is well underway. If you are new to Evernote and the E-Memory revolution you are already behind the curve.
William James the father of American Psychology talked about everyone having a “centrally organizing principle” in their lives. At the time he was talking about God and faith. These still exist today, and God is the same God as he was yesterday and will be tomorrow, but let’s face it: In this post modern age, data and information are the central organizing principle.
Even evangelists are aware that the word and power of God can be amplified by the web. Take the NET Bible project as a revolution as great as the Gutenberg Press and Bible for example. Information from the NET Bible is changing the world and the way people “do” Bible. In fact the Mormon church has shown how to use Evernote as a powerful tool to study scripture, but their techniques can be used for the study of any text.
Consider this timeline:
- The first revolution was writing and cuneiform.
- The next revolution was papyrus and velum.
- The next revolution was the printing press.
- The next revolution was movable type.
- Then came computers and the net.
- The revolution today is E-Memory.
“What would happen if we could instantly access all the information we were exposed to throughout our lives?” – Bill Gates, from the introduction to Total Recall
Using tools like Evernote, according to Bell and Gemmell, you can amplify your memory and knowledge base by having all the cheat notes and all the information you need and want in a searchable format right at your fingertips anywhere, anytime. No longer do doctors need to rely on the little black book, “the portable brain” for example. It is all now in the phone, on the computer, on the PDA on the tablet.
This technology is literally changing our ideas about memory and how we think about memory. Right now people are still sifting through the hundreds of notebooks left by Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoyevsky. Imagine what they could do if they were full text, searchable, with images, voice and video explaining his points. It could change the world. It could make us “immortal” in one way or another. We could literally be writing our lives down as e-texts for generations to come to analyze. Who was great-grandfather our progeny will ask? He was, our grandchildren will say and point to our database. What was he thinking when he suddenly died in the middle of his research, someone may ask? Ah, here it is, “now I am going to stand on the shoulders of Giants and take his work forward from here.” Welcome to the world of man’s electronically amplified ego! The world is never going to be the same:
“But you’re a poet, and I’m a simple mortal, and therefore I will say one must look at things from the simplest, most practical point of view. I, for one, have long since freed myself from all shackles, and even obligations. I only recognize obligations when I see I have something to gain by them. You. of course, can’t look at things like that, your legs are in fetters and your taste is morbid. You yearn for the ideal, for virtue. But, my dear friend, I am ready to recognize anything you tell me to, but what shall I do if I know for a fact that at the root of all human virtues lies the most intense egoism?”
(Prince Valkovsky in The Insulted and Humiliated)