Distant memories

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    I ask a simple question but perhaps not so simple to answer.

    Why are some memories so fresh in our memory and others erased forever?

    A memory of little importance that dates from a long time is intact while a closer memory is erased.

    What is the reason , the explanation ?
     
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    Some of what memories we keep is intentional.

    I heard a neurologist make a point that was very revealing about how the brain works --- that a memory in the brain does not work like a videotape, rather it's a story one tells oneself, over and over.

    In the process of that retelling of course, things get embellished. And other parts get eliminated. Or merged with other stories.

    I always thought of my oldest memories, like the day my sister was born, as more like "memories of memories".
     
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    Thank Pogo, I would always think that it worked like a videotape and that we remembered a memory maybe because at that moment something different would happen, feeling, scent, sensation ?
     
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    Great thread.

    I hate that I don't have better control over my ability to remember things.
     
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    Oftentimes memories that are tied to strong emotions are the easiest to remember.
     
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    I wonder if sensory input plays a part.

    I can clearly remember laying in a cradle or bassinet in my backyard under a fig tree with a brown Cocker Spaniel licking my face.

    I also remember eating a bowl of serial while looking at the Sunday morning comics and hearing a man on the radio sobbing and trying to get out words that the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor.
     
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    I remember the smell of Cedar, and looking at an old picture of a Civil War battalion on my grandma's Cedar chest.
     
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    I can remember not being able to reach light switches.
     
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    Yes certainly there are associations, some of the time. Something in the right brain -- a piece of music, a vision of a landscape, and so forth. These can trigger what the memory was, but I don't think there is always such an association.

    I can remember vividly the voice of our high school principal on the building's public address system telling us that President Kennedy was dead. I remember where I was sitting, what the view outside the window was, what the sky looked like, how our teacher reacted, all of that. When something meaningful happens we go into a heightened awareness. Other times it's much more subtle, that the brain just happened to receive two different stimuli at the same time and desired to remember one of them, and the other 'hitched a ride'.

    But yes, a story we tell ourselves, over and over until it becomes a belief. If we listen to ourselves carefully we can start to hear how the story changes over years. Then we start to have doubts about what really happened.
     
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    I think a strong emotion to maybe something to do with memories, I remember that moment as if it was yesterday.
    I was 19 years old, it was winter and I had my Dr. Martens boots and I was running in the snow and I was overflowing with energy afterwards I slipped on the ice for a long time with my earphones and my music .. I loved it, but this moment is engraved forever this day, I can not say the date but it's the only time I remember when I did it often
     
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