A Lunch BIT from Borges and Memory by Rodrigo Quian Quiroga

Imagine the astonishment felt by neuroscientist Rodrigo Quian Quiroga when he found a fantastically precise interpretation of his research findings in a story written by the great Argentinian fabulist Jorge Luis Borges fifty years earlier. In this BIT, Quian Quiroga explores real-life cases that recall Borges’s fictional “Funes the Memorious,” investigating a man who couldn’t forget, and another who could not form new memories.

Last year, Rodrigo Quian Quiroga took the time to talk to us about the work of Borges and its relationship with current brain science as well as the Moscow journalist S who the character in Rain Man was based on. It’s worth a listen here.