Forgotten Ideas, Neglected Pioneers: Richard Semon and the by Daniel L. Schacter

By Daniel L. Schacter

Publish 12 months note: First released in 2001

Richard Semon used to be a German evolutionary biologist who wrote, through the first decade of the 20 th century, attention-grabbing analyses of the workings of human reminiscence that have been prior to their time. even supposing those were almost unknown to fashionable researchers, Semon's paintings has been rediscovered up to now twenty years and has all started to have a power at the box.

This e-book not just examines Semon's contribution to reminiscence learn, but additionally tells the tale of a rare lifestyles set opposed to the history of a turbulent interval in ecu heritage and significant advancements in technological know-how and evolutionary thought. The ensuing booklet is a fascinating combination of biographical, old and mental fabric.

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Xvii) by the drill sergeants of the Gymnasium was one of the few students who passed the difficult Reifeprüfung that controlled entry to the German universities. For a young man ignited by the spark of biological science, there was only one place in Germany to go in the fall of 1879: to Jena, and to Haeckel. 19 3 Haeckel, Monism, and the Dilemma of the German Jew M ajor changes awaited Semon in Jena. He had so far known only the fastpaced, cosmopolitan lifestyle that characterized virtually every aspect of existence in Berlin.

German Jews endured periodic outbursts of anti-Semitism throughout the 19th century, so they were relieved that Bismarck's constitution of 1869 granted them equal political and civil rights. With the realization of the German Empire in 1871, Jewish rights became Imperial Law. For a family such as the Semons, then, the grand victory march that they proudly watched Felix lead through the Brandenburg Gate had double meaning: Their country was victorious and uni­ fied, and they, as Jews, could claim full rights of citizenship.

Throughout his Jena years, Semon maintained the fiery enthusiasm for physical activity that he had first cultivated as a youth in Berlin. He and Lubarsch had hiked together extensively, and semon's love of the outdoor life blossomed in pastoral Jena—and in the shadow of Haeckel. In Haeckel, Semon saw how sport and science could be forged into high adventure. Part of Haeckel's mystique derived from his vaunted reputation as a traveller who pursued research on grand expeditions in far-off lands. It was during semon's days in Jena that Haeckel made his celebrated journey to India and Ceylon (Haeckel, 1883).

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