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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Science: proving that forgetting is healthy.

I read a very interesting article over on Beach Front News written by Boomer.

"...That tendency to go blank about who-I-said-what-to might actually be evidence of a healthy memory at work. There’s evidence that when we reset a password or memorize a new phone number for a friend, the brain actively suppresses the out-of-date information. Because the old digits are competing with the new ones for memory space, the memory ‘deletes’ the potentially conflicting info. And retold stories aren’t always socially embarrassing or redundant. Repeated often enough, they become ritual, and, over time, oral history, Dr. Gobie says. It is also interesting to note that people with the most to gain – or lose – in terms of whom hears what (lobbyists, attorneys, salespeople) will often use the name of the person they are speaking with as a reminder: “Did I mention, Tom, the free emergency roadside assistance package?” While it could be could considered flattery, it could also be a means of tracking where information is going..." Beach Front News "Why We Forget What We say and to Whom"

The article brought up a lot of questions for me.

It almost sounded like "science" is now saying they think that forgetting is healthy. Or are they brainwashing us to tell us to do more drugs? Or am I just paranoid?

I don't know about the rest of that, but I do think if brains that habitually forget their short term memory are considered healthy, we must now be saying the brains that remember those details are unhealthy?

I wonder if they considered photographic memories in their studies? Perhaps, people that do not reset their memories, the way this article describes, forget other details that most everyone else remembers?

Is that where the idea of eccentricity comes from?
Einstein couldn't remember to tie his shoes. I can't remember my own Mother's Birthday. Maybe those are signs of an unhealthy brain?

Either, way, I'd love to see more research by the "professionals" on this one. I know I personally could really stand a memory wipe.


brittany michelle said...

that article just makes it impossible to classify brain health anymore. lol.

AmberInGlass said...

Yeah, it really does. It didn't sound to me like they really discovered anything new, I need try to track down the original article. I'll let you know if I find it.

jill said...

I agree that often scientists will focus only on studies that support their theories, and ignore the studies that contradict it.

With that in mind: You seem to have focused only on one theory to challenge the legitimacy of "what science says," while ignoring the many theories out there that contradict this one.

Please don't kill me! I'm interested in your thoughts on this.

AmberInGlass said...

I don't know, I think you might have missed the point I was making somewhere. Or maybe I don't understand what you're trying to say. Either way, I'm not touting anything as theory, this was pure speculation here.

Rebecca said...

love the pure speculation aspect, as for mind wipes, well I'll think a while on that one.