Thoughts on Memory that You’ll Never Forget

When Do Babies Start Remembering Things?

Scientists think that our first memories come when we are still in the womb; that explains my memory of the muffled sound of vomiting and Buddy Holly music.

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You can keep a list of about seven items in your short term memory, which lasts about half a minute. Most short term memories are quickly forgotten.

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I find myself remembering almost nothing about my past. All I have left are memories of memories, which are better than nothing. So, if you are anything like me, sit around and remember all that you can now so that, when you are older, you can reminisce about the day you sat around remembering all that you could.

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You can keep a list of about seven items in your short term memory, which lasts about half a minute. Most short term memories are quickly forgotten.

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Marcel Proust vividly remembered his youth which is why his magnum opus, Rememberance of Things Past, is several volumes long. If I had written a Rememberance of Things Past, it would be thirty pages and most of it would be about the breakfast I’d had that morning.

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That feeling that you know something but cannot retrieve it from your memory is the best reason to hate your brain.

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Your memory will degrade more slowly if you make certain lifestyle decisions; for example, if you embrace a philosophy of never forgetting anything.

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People in their seventies only recognize faces about three-quarters of the time. Scientists think this is due to degradation of neural connections and the fact that old people all kind of look alike.

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You are more likely to remember something if you say it aloud and often. So, my ex-wife will remember that I “never do anything right” for the rest of her life.

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Smell is the sense that evokes the most memories. This explains why children giggle at farts… they aren’t really giggling. It’s just the sound of memories bubbling up in their heads.

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For three years I only remembered mirror images so in all my memories of that time I’m  left-handed.

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My long, medium and short-term memories are not that great; but, I can remember what’s just ABOUT to happen. It’s why I flinch so much.

16 thoughts on “Thoughts on Memory that You’ll Never Forget

  1. I recently finished “The Secret Diary of Hendrik Goren, 83 1/4 Years Old” which had a fair amount of humor in it. One of his thoughts on memory that made me laugh was: “Today is World Alzheimer’s Day. What are you supposed to do with that? Try to remember it?”

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