Re: Interpretations of the Conversation between Patriarch and Catholicos
- Dear Paul,
It is said about Mozart that he could memorize a complete symphony in one listening and then reproduce the notes accurately from memory, that too at a younger age. We know how researchers at Uni. of CA, Irvine later scientifically proved the Mozart effect.
Also there are many Indian musicians who memorized hundreds of complicated compositions in different raagas, note by note. If such highly complicated tasks are possible, then remembering a conversation and recording it in the diary is comparatively very easy. This is done by many people in daily life. I am sure you also have done this, listening to a conversation and then reporting it exaclty to another person. Though there are some people who spread rumors (as part of their nature), that is not a scientific reason to disprove those who can memorize and accurately report something from meory. There is difference between the example you provided and this case.
Here the author is a Malpan, with good knowledge in several languages and good memory skills. He was a teacher at Old Seminary with many disciples. You will not find many 'such characters in the society'!