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Old 04-24-2010, 06:41 PM   #1
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Forgetting

Sometimes I think about how much I have forgotten.

-All those computer systems and code
-All that math (BA and a year towards MA)
-Office symbols
-Names/faces/...

And I don't care.
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Old 04-24-2010, 06:45 PM   #2
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Old 04-24-2010, 06:52 PM   #4
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I think it is to be expected that we forget things that are no longer relevant to our lives. I think the only reason to retain information of this sort would be if you had a continuing interest in keeping up with these things.
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I had to go back to the workplace a few weeks ago and discovered two things I forgot: How to tie a necktie, and how to get around in the downtown tunnel system.
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Old 04-24-2010, 07:18 PM   #6
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I hate forgetting things:
At one time I could speak French. No more.
All that math and physics. Poof.

What really annoys me though is remembering all those things that I would prefer to forget.
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Old 04-24-2010, 07:19 PM   #7
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I forget a lot of things.

Sometimes old forgotten incidents suddenly occur to me - - things that I haven't even thought of for half a century or more. Today, somehow I dredged up a memory of someone I hadn't thought of even once since 1960 (a cute boy that didn't dare date me because my big brothers were so protective and I was only twelve).

So, do these balance out? More and more memories fading daily, but other memories popping up exuberantly and uncontrollably, like bubbles in ginger ale.
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I forgot the combination to the computer room door! And I set it! Of course there is no longer a computer room there.
And Russian. Both reading and speaking.
And other stuff too, I forget what.
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Old 04-24-2010, 10:03 PM   #9
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I have a theory.

Every year I lose more memory.

Every year computers get more and more memory.

I think as I sit in front of my computer that it is sucking my memory from me, building up to the day when the machines take over the world
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I can't remember what I've forgotten....
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What really annoys me though is remembering all those things that I would prefer to forget.
I can still draw a cross-section of the reactor compartment, labeled and showing the relative heights of all major components... on a submarine that was decommissioned in 1989.

There's a lot more where that came from. But, as my spouse reminds me, at least I'm not bolting upright in the middle of the night screaming these things out in my sleep anymore.

I can also remember watching my daughter being born, so at least the important things are still written to whatever hard drive capacity I have left. Now if I could only remember what I did with the backups...
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I've never forgotten anything, that I can remember.
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Forgotten ... that makes me wonder whether one has truly forgotten the memory or has it just been pushed back there and buried under the current store of short and longer term memory items? Is there just a lot more for us to deal with as we age and accumulate memories? Maybe it was that glass of wine each day for several decades?

I'm sure a lot of research has been done on memory and some of it is even legitimate.
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Maybe it was that glass of wine each day for several decades?
Nah, never drank a glass of wine (or anything alcoholic) each day.

My own (unproven) hypothesis is that I forget things because I just don't think they are that important - - I just don't care as much as I would like to think I care.
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Things I've forgotten include:

- how to walk in really high heels
- doing bond amortizations
- what my father's voice sounded like
- playing the piano

Yeah, we all forget lots of things. Some are better forgotten and others are sad to lose. My theory is as we only have so much read only memory, so some memories have to go to make space for new ones.
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- how to walk in really high heels
- doing bond amortizations
- what my father's voice sounded like
- playing the piano
Looks like you suddenly recalled how to put on panty hose...
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Looks like you suddenly recalled how to put on panty hose...
I thought about it and said to myself "who can't put on panty hose?" Bet you could do it REWahoo Oh, and before you reply, remember this thread is useless without pictures!
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I thought about it and said to myself "who can't put on panty hose?" Bet you could do it REWahoo Oh, and before you reply, remember this thread is useless without pictures!
OK, if you insist - wearing 'mantyhose', but I don't care for them. Makes the hair on my legs feel weird after taking them off...
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Oh...that's just wrong....
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Oh...that's just wrong....
I take full responsibility since I insisted on pictures. Hopefully, this image will be forgotten soon. This exchange did, however, spark a long lost memory involving DH and pantyhose. Best not to share here though
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OK, if you insist - wearing 'mantyhose', but I don't care for them. Makes the hair on my legs feel weird after taking them off...
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