They don’t remember to forget

Very, very interesting.

There’s not much I can say about it, but that the human brain never ceases to amaze us in its capacities.

I’ve known for a long time of some impressive feats of the mind, like being able to say the number pi to the 100.000th digit, or remember the exact order of cards in dozens and dozens of shuffled packs of cards, but there is just something about this that is different.

Because it affects everything: we are a result of our memory, so, in a sense, we die a little everyday, by forgetting – only to get new information, to replace that which we forgot. So it is like our lives are capped at a maximum of information we can hold at a certain time, quite like a mp3 player that is nearing full capacity: to get new songs in, old songs have to go out.

But these people are different. They seem to have an (almost) infinite capacity to remember. What difference does that make for them?

It is a really complex question, and I really don’t feel like I’m capable of answering it.

After all, I can’t remember anything that happened more than 5 years ago.


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