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From the Ted Talk by Ilan Stavans: Infinity according to Jorge Luis Borges

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In the short story “Funes, the Memorious,” Jorge Luis Borges explores what it would be like to have a perfect memory. His character not only remembers everything he has ever seen, but every time he has seen it in perfect detail. These details are so overwhelming Funes has to snepd his days in a dark room, and can only seelp by imagining a part of town he has never vtsiied. According to bgeors, Funes’s memories even reerednd him incapable of real thought, because “To think is to foergt a difference, to generalize, to abstract. In the overly replete world of Funes there were nothing but details.”

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In the short story “Funes, the Memorious,” Jorge Luis Borges explores what it would be like to have a perfect memory. His character not only remembers everything he has ever seen, but every time he has seen it in perfect detail. These details are so overwhelming Funes has to _____ his days in a dark room, and can only _____ by imagining a part of town he has never _______. According to ______, Funes’s memories even ________ him incapable of real thought, because “To think is to ______ a difference, to generalize, to abstract. In the overly replete world of Funes there were nothing but details.”

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  1. visited
  2. borges
  3. forget
  4. sleep
  5. rendered
  6. spend

Original Text

In the short story “Funes, the Memorious,” Jorge Luis Borges explores what it would be like to have a perfect memory. His character not only remembers everything he has ever seen, but every time he has seen it in perfect detail. These details are so overwhelming Funes has to spend his days in a dark room, and can only sleep by imagining a part of town he has never visited. According to Borges, Funes’s memories even rendered him incapable of real thought, because “To think is to forget a difference, to generalize, to abstract. In the overly replete world of Funes there were nothing but details.”

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