[ExI] Superior Autobiographical Memory
avantguardian2020 at yahoo.com
Sun Jun 26 22:03:49 UTC 2011
From: Max More <max at maxmore.com>
>To: ExI chat list <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org>
>Sent: Sun, June 26, 2011 11:49:05 AM
>Subject: Re: [ExI] Superior Autobiographical Memory
>I wish I had seen this. My autobiographical memory seems to be particulary weak.
>I've learned to compensate by keeping written notes of events, because I know
>that I'm likely to forget them otherwise -- unless they are extremely vivid. For
>instance, Spike and others were recently talking about some eminent people who
>attended an Extro conference, yet I have NO memory of that.
>I consider this a major disability and it makes me sad.
>I have very pictures from childhood, so very few memory cues. Things have
>improved over the years as photos and other forms of information about events
>have become ever more prolific and convenient.
>Does anyone else here have the sense that their memory of past events is
>Well Max, from my point of view, I certainly wouldn't want perfect recall of
>every sordid detail of my life: every wound, every trauma, every betrayal, every
>abuse, every heartbreak, every loss, every pang of unrequited love, every foiled
>ambition, every humilation, every petty embarassment? No thank you. I prefer my
>selective memory that allows me to remember what I want to remember and forget
>what I don't. Are you sure you would want the spectral slings and arrows of past
>fortunes impinging upon the orbits of your present mind?
>"When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things bought
>and sold are legislators." - P. J. O'Rourke
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