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NFT: How's your memory? Fuzzy? Marilu Henner good?

Beezer : 5/17/2019 9:38 am
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 - ( New Window )
I don't know how good my memory is, but I do remember how hot she was  
Heisenberg : 5/17/2019 9:42 am : link
on taxi

RE: I don't know how good my memory is, but I do remember how hot she was  
Klaatu : 5/17/2019 10:00 am : link
In comment 14446925 Heisenberg said:
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on taxi



Heard some wild stories about her and Tony Danza, her and Judd Hirsch. Gotta love those redheads.
The whole 10% of brain capacity thing is  
Cam in MO : 5/17/2019 10:12 am : link
a myth.
....  
Cam in MO : 5/17/2019 10:16 am : link
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Losing far less than 90 percent of the brain to accident or disease has catastrophic consequences. What is more, observing the effects of head injury reveals that there does not seem to be any area of the brain that can be destroyed by strokes, head trauma, or other manner, without leaving the patient with some kind of functional deficit. Likewise, electrical stimulation of points in the brain during neurosurgery has failed so far to uncover any dormant areas where no percept, emotion or movement is elicited by applying these tiny currents



Myth - ( New Window )
We know  
kennyd : 5/17/2019 10:20 am : link
astonishingly little about the brain and how it works. (we also know almost nothing about the deep see, That's fascinating).
RE: The whole 10% of brain capacity thing is  
Mr. Bungle : 5/17/2019 10:27 am : link
In comment 14446959 Cam in MO said:
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a myth.

I don't understand how people can still believe that shit.
Is the 10% myth or belief  
Beezer : 5/17/2019 10:34 am : link
semantics? If you watch the clip on Henner and others like her, their MRIs have shown certain areas of the brain as much as 7 times larger than "the average person," with so-called average memory.
RE: We know  
kennyd : 5/17/2019 10:42 am : link
In comment 14446983 kennyd said:
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astonishingly little about the brain and how it works. (we also know almost nothing about the deep see, That's fascinating).


Sea. Coffee and MY brain hasn't kicked in yet
RE: Is the 10% myth or belief  
Cam in MO : 5/17/2019 10:47 am : link
In comment 14447002 Beezer said:
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semantics? If you watch the clip on Henner and others like her, their MRIs have shown certain areas of the brain as much as 7 times larger than "the average person," with so-called average memory.



Secretariatís heart was 4Xís the size of an average horse- does that mean horses are only using 25% of their heart capacity?
Cam, not really the point of the thread.  
Beezer : 5/17/2019 10:50 am : link
But ... of course not.
RE: I don't know how good my memory is, but I do remember how hot she was  
MadPlaid : 5/17/2019 10:52 am : link
In comment 14446925 Heisenberg said:
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on taxi


On Taxi, Marilu was smokin'!
RE: Cam, not really the point of the thread.  
Cam in MO : 5/17/2019 10:57 am : link
In comment 14447037 Beezer said:
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But ... of course not.


True. Sorry for derailing by being pedantic.

Related to the horse comment, though- these folks like Henner show whatís possible much the way Secretariat did- but itís only because they are different- theyíre mutants.

It isnít possible for those lacking the hardware.

My sister-in-law is special needs so my wife and I have spent  
oghwga : 5/17/2019 11:08 am : link
a lot of time with her at different functions and events and I have had the good fortune to spend some time with people with different level of savant type abilities. You give one kid a date and he would tell you the day of the week and nine or ten random things that happened on that day.

Another could repeat any musical piece on the piano by ear.

Marilu Henner is amazing with her recall. The brain is one pretty amazing piece of equipment. I can barely get my shoes on the right feet.
it's insane that you know what you did on a certain date 10 or 20  
gtt350 : 5/17/2019 11:25 am : link
year's ago when someone picks a date at random
My brother's like that  
Model4001 : 5/17/2019 12:00 pm : link
Short-term memory is fried (too much weed, not like I'm one to talk) but he can remember what the weather was on the first day of school in 1972. For years I thought he was full of shit but he's the real deal with that stuff.
RE: it's insane that you know what you did on a certain date 10 or 20  
BlueLou'sBack : 5/17/2019 12:02 pm : link
In comment 14447099 gtt350 said:
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year's ago when someone picks a date at random


I'm just a moron about dates and events. I'll probably need to do a calculation using my birth year to tell you how old I'll be on my next birthday...
I know the violinist in that 60 Minutes clip  
BillT : 5/17/2019 12:03 pm : link
Louise Owens. Just an acquaintance but she plays at my church and I've met her occasionally over the years. It's very interesting. BTW, she's a terrific violinist.
Whereas my older brother is phenomenal  
BlueLou'sBack : 5/17/2019 12:05 pm : link
with recalling dates and events... But I was always the better student in math and sciences, and had significantly higher scores on standard academic processing tests.
.....  
Route 9 : 5/17/2019 2:38 pm : link
I have made deliveries all day, every day for the past 9 years. I could probably name about only 50% of my stops by their business names, lol. I know exactly where they all are by way of repetition. I just don't give a shit to remember the names to spout off at the top off of my head because I have nothing to gain from it.


Ask me anything about my life in general from 6 to 25 and I'll remember where I was, who said it and where I heard it. I will also give you a long backstory on top of everything.

So much happened during those years: School years came and went, graduations, proms, boobs, football games, hanging out with friends, learning to drive, busting my ass off for meaningless tests. I can recall exact dates for some weird reason, dates that I once impatiently counted down until. Say, if May 17th rolls around, I will get a thought in my head "wasn't this date significant to me at one point when I was younger"?
you forgot the sex in the car on rt. 9  
gtt350 : 5/19/2019 11:00 am : link
.
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Route 9 : 5/19/2019 12:56 pm : link
Late July.... 2006 coming back from the movies.

Plus that was OFF of Route 9. Cedar Hill Road.
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