Parasitic memory

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Parasitic memory is a persistent memory that is false and does not want to go away, i.e. it cannot be easily forgotten.

For example, when a student confuses log(a*b)=log(a)+log(b) with log(a+b)=log(a)*log(b), the confusion can lodge in the brain and get reinforced on each retrieval. Parasitic memories are particularly abundant in coercive learning. In free learning, one of the best weapons against establishing parasitic memory is knowledge darwinism.

Once memories get lodged in, judicious use of spaced repetition can help combat all forms of persistent and/or parasitic memory.

For details see: Toxic memory

This glossary entry is used to explain "I would never send my kids to school" (2017-2024) by Piotr Wozniak