Retired programmer charts his cognitive decline using Grammarly
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James Wallace Harris is a retired programmer who maintains an interesting blog called Auxiliary Memory. In his latest post, he wrote about how his spelling and grammar accuracy has declined over the past two years, as evidenced by the statistics of a grammar and spelling checker called Grammarly that he uses.
I want to document my own decline. Like the researchers in Flowers for Algernon, they tell Charlie to keep a journal. Im going to be my own researcher and subject. I think its useful to be aware of my diminishing abilities. Aging is natural, and I accept it. Im willing to work to squeeze all I can from my dwindling resources. Whats vital is being aware of whats happening. The real problem to fear is becoming unconscious to who we are. Like Dirty Harry said, A mans got to know his limitations.
The reason why Flowers for Algernon was such a magnificent story is that were all Charlie Gordon. We all start out dumb, get smart, and then get dumb again. Charlie just did it very fast, and that felt tragic. We do it slowly and try to ignore its happening. Thats also tragic.