As I get older, I find I miss things more and more in my short-term memory, like, damn, where did I lay my keys down. Normal, right? My wife says so, and when she spaces something, her "brain is too full."
What she says ISN'T as normal is when I describe a day or event or similar very specifically. I've always had a photographic memory, if that's the best way to label it. It's certainly not infallible, but I surprise myself with the long-term recall sometimes. I might guess my long-term memory is better than average, based on the reaction I sometimes get.
Still, it's not near the level of Marilu Henner, who's said to be one of just a few people (12 documented, according to one report) diagnosed with Superior Autobiographical Memory.
I've always been fascinated with "brain stuff," even if I don't understand a lot of it. The whole thing about "we only use 10 percent of our brain's capacity" ... well, that blows my mind. Movies like Bradley Cooper's "Limitless," of Leonardo DiCaprio's "Inception," Scarlett Johansson's "Lucy," or even "Wanted" with James McEvoy and Morgan Freeman.
Freeman's character, in "Wanted," had no idea what it might look like if a human being ever was able to use 100 percent of their brain capacity. Would it be a good thing? Maybe self-destructive? Would it unlock a lot of things we currently have no actual answers for, such as "the after-life," or aliens in the universe?
Huge topic. Anyone else spend more of their time than they ought to wondering about this stuff? Happy Friday! The 60 Minutes piece, about Marilu Henner's memory
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