What if you could remember everything?
Posted by c. wagner on October 27, 2009
Just finished an interesting little book, The Mind of a Mnemonist by A. R. Luria. It’s a case study of a man with an almost bottomless memory. He could remember just about everything he had seen or read in his entire life. And he could only keep himself from remember something temporarily.
He couldn’t forget. And all of his memories kept running over each other. Memories could even keep him from understanding a conversation he was having or a book he was reading.
The book made me think. Forgetting must have a purpose. Maybe it’s actually an advantage. Maybe we don’t want to remember everything. I can definitely remember things I wish I’d forgotten.
Besides, rediscovering something after having forgotten is such a pleasant sensation. Like a visit from an old friend you haven’t seen in a while.