Glimpse of the Past
Glimpse of the Past
© Deborah Julian Art / Used by Permission

The late neurologist and author Oliver Sacks wrote about a patient who, he said, remembered everything. He could recall anything at any distance in time. But that's not possible for the simple reason that we consciously experience only about 5% of what comes in through our senses. So, the most he could possibly bring back is a tiny fraction of any moment or isolated scene. But that got me thinking about what we remember and what we forget. Who decides? How? Most important, why?

From the blog Assorted Ideas, click here to read The Things We Remember and What We Forget