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Old 01-03-2010, 07:35 PM   #41
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Man! I guess I just have to take your word for it.
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And then there are a few unfortunate folks who recall it all...

Jill Price, the woman who remembers everything - Times Online
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And then there are a few unfortunate folks who recall it all...

Jill Price, the woman who remembers everything - Times Online
How AWFUL!! That must be such a nightmare. I have never before heard of ANYTHING like that. It would be enough to drive a person nuts, I'd think.
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Old 01-03-2010, 09:27 PM   #44
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There are so many events I want to totally forget. Poor gal.
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By the way, lack of childhood memories indicated trauma usually in the person's life (death, divorce, abandonment, etc.). FYI. Doesn't mean anything is wrong with you--just that you experienced some trauma during that period of your life.
That explains my lack of remembering of the years before my mom died. I was 5 years old, and the last thing I remember is how yellow my mom's skin looked from jaundice, right before my dad took her to the hospital and I never saw her alive after that.........
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Undergoing plastic surgery. Must have been 4 years old. I was in Newcastle on Tyne, England.
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And then there are a few unfortunate folks who recall it all...

Jill Price, the woman who remembers everything - Times Online
I can personally relate to this woman's predicament, but on a much lesser level. TG!
A natural ability and all those years of memorizing scientific equations and constants has left me with very keen mental recall.
It is no effort for me to "playback" visual scenes of good (and bad) life events in my head. I do not do this as a "parlor trick".
It can sometimes be a curse. It is usually a blessing.
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I always have problems remembering specific details, such as historical dates, phone numbers, etc... As a kid, I always knew I could never be a doctor or a pharmacist. I did poorly at Organic Chemistry. Mathematics is different; one only needs to start with the axioms and derives the rest. As the mathematician Leopold Kronecker once exaggerated, "God created the integers. All the rest is the work of Man." Physics was similarly easy for me.

I had read stories about people who could recall exactly what they did on a specific date, the same as REWahoo's story. But, there are some people with the opposite problem, a real affliction. They have a perfectly normal reasoning faculty, but have no short-term memory. There is a man whose brain had been destroyed by the herpes virus. He often prepared and ate multiple breakfasts because he forgot that he had it earlier the same morning.

Here's an interview with that man, called EP in the following excerpt.

Even though Frascino has been to EP's home some 200 times, he always greets her as a stranger. Frascino sits down opposite EP at his dining room table and asks a series of questions that gauge his common sense. She quizzes him about what continent Brazil is on, the number of weeks in a year, the temperature water boils at. She wants to demonstrate what IQ tests have already proved: EP is no dummy. He patiently answers the questions—all correctly—with roughly the same sense of bemusement I imagine I would have if a total stranger walked into my house, sat down at my table, and very earnestly asked me if I knew the boiling point of water.

"What is the thing to do if you find an envelope in the street that is sealed, addressed, and has a stamp on it?" Frascino asks.

"Well, you'd put it in the mailbox. What else?" He chuckles and shoots me a sidelong and knowing glance, as if to say, Do these people think I'm an idiot? But sensing that the situation calls for politeness, he turns back to Frascino and adds, "But that's a really interesting question you've got there. Really interesting." He has no idea he's heard it many times before.

"Why do we cook food?"

"Because it's raw?" The word raw carries his voice clear across the tonal register, his bemusement giving way to incredulity.

"Why do we study history?"

"Well, we study history to know what happened in the past."

"But why do we want to know what happened in the past?"

"Because, it's just interesting, frankly."

EP wears a metal medical alert bracelet around his left wrist. Even though it's obvious what it's for, I ask him anyway. He turns his wrist over and casually reads it.

"Hmm. It says memory loss."


Details are here: Memory - National Geographic Magazine

Note: Due to REWahoo's post, I recalled reading a similar story to his. Then, it took me a bit of reflection to recall that it was in National Geographic. A search of its Web site confirmed that I still have some memories after all.
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