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We Are What We Remember

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Memories: Our Sense Of Self

Memories, the vivid remembrances of our past, can be highly subjective. Most of us assume that memories are rigid and infallible, but they can never be the exact representations of the past because they were not copied in our minds with perfect fidelity.

Many of our memories change over ti...

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Our memories are a major component in our learning process, and all knowledge that we accumulate is stored in memory. Effective learning happens when we hook something that we learn to something already in our memory, in a meaningful context. This creates a strong learnin...

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  • We all have old memories that we dearly hold on to, and these early remembrances form our life’s narrative, the story we tell ourselves.
  • These fixed memories provide us with feelings of nostalgia and make us happy when we listen to old songs or see old pictures.
  • New memor...

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The process that provides us with vivid memories is the same one that we are using to imagine something. The mind treats past memory the same way as a future imagination. This also indicates that apart from the present moment, the past and future are just mental constructs.

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Our memories are crucial not only for learning and remembering but also for imagination and creativity.

We have to recognize our tendency to reinforce our own narrative, and instead be aware of the fluid nature of memory.

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