Wed 6 Dec 2006
In Borges’ story The Aleph, he goes to the basement of Beatriz’s house to see everything in the universe in one brief experience. At first he is synical and doesn’t believe it to be possible, but when he finally lays down on the floor and sees the unbelievable images that no one man would be able to remember all at once, he instantly understands it to be true. Borges writes about the problem of the Aleph, or possible other Alephs that might exist. He says that first our language would not allow us to transfer the information to anyone else because it would already be a second hand version. Even if we do experience the Aleph, we cannot remember it because human minds do not have the capacity to keep so much information. In the end of the story he says his memory is dwindling and soon he will not even remember whether or not he saw the Aleph.