From the book and movie Dreamcatcher, one of the characters, Henry, has the extraordinary ability to have a memory warehouse. All of his memories stored in different sections and organized like in a physical warehouse. So basically, he can remember everything, but there is capacity to his memory and sometimes he needs to throw some of them out. A great design of how memory could work, as described perfectly by Stephen King.
In reality, it has been proven many times that our deepest memories could be reached, if we are at peace with our experiences. It’s possible for some people, if they are under hypnosis. For others… I don’t know, some people prefer to block memories and deny their existence, even from themselves. :)
For those that don’t have a clue what I’m talking about – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeqFXHhDEM4
For the more curious how repressed memories work – The Reality of Repressed Memories: http://faculty.washington.edu/eloftus/Articles/lof93.htm
And a fantastic video from TED.com – Daniel Kahneman: The riddle of experience vs. memory: http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/daniel_kahneman_the_riddle_of_experience_vs_memory.html
“The power of perceptions: Imagining the reality you create”: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/11/health/enayati-power-perceptions-imagination/index.html?page=3
Everything is connected and we choose how to connect it.
To tell you the truth, I have a Memory Tornado, rather chaotic one. Endless spinning around its axis.
How do you describe your memory?
I have a photographic memory. It’s quite nice. I can tell you where a word is in a book: page, paragraph, line, position. I can remember details about anything I see. However, my verbal recall absolutely sucks. I don’t necessarily have a memory warehouse. It’s more of… memory piles. Organized piles, but piles nonetheless. You’ve got Event A memories jumbled up together, Situation B thrown in a corner… I can pull from a pile but it takes some digging. I’ve been blessed with the memory I have, tho, so I’m not complaining.
My memory seems to only grip words that I personally believe to be relevant or enlightening. Simplicity and breakdown are key, living in the south I’m subjected to lengthy conversations due to peoples inability to simplify. I really like great quotes: they are the ideal of an enlighten statement reduced to the simplest form. Grouping and connecting terms “literally” give me my best chance of retaining said information. I view memory more of as cyclical pattern that continues to increase in size as you progress through life rather then a “warehouse”. Older memories take more time/effort to reach due to the expansion of the circle of thoughts. Maybe its not just one but two, One circle retains thoughts that are deemed most valuable and we can recall these with little effort. While the other is the mundane that continues to expand because we believe it to be irrelevant. I know kind of ridiculous but hey hey these are my thoughts.
great post, brother!