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Monday, June 20, 2005


An email correspondence recently reminded me of something I read somewhere:

Recent research had shown that memory is a tool, not a record-keeping system:
the brain changes memories to make us act more efficiently; we apply the ever-changing incident we recall to new situations -- which is why our memory is unreliable, surprisingly so.

And thus it is apparently a fallacy that it is all stored in there, videotaped by the brain.

I kinda believe that.

But the feelings, the impressionistic remnants of our experiences still symbolize what happened, I think.

Our memories are a poetic view of the past, as well as a learning tool to make us into a mean, lean survival machine.


Blogger Laurie said...

I like the idea that although the facts of the memory might be fuzzy, the emotional component stays the same.

6:28 AM, June 20, 2005  
Blogger Unknown said...

very well said, aisha

being an older person, I find some comfort in that...


9:18 PM, June 22, 2005  
Blogger Paula said...

The emotional component certainly remains,but agree that memories get fuzzy for survival.

7:52 PM, June 29, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A poetic view of the past. Just thinking about that. Nice.

1:34 AM, July 19, 2005  

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