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In the book, I argued that what we created with computers and the Internet was a system of distraction. We got the great rewards of having basically unlimited information at our fingertips, but the cost of that was we created a system that kept us in a state of perpetual distraction and constant disruption.
originally posted by: chr0naut
a reply to: darkbake
I once used to have the addresses and 'phone numbers for my friends committed to memoryand I thought nothing of it.
These days, however, those details are always available, stored in 'phones and computers and so it would seem that I have re-purposed the areas of my brain that once contained those memories.
originally posted by: bluesjr
I arrived at a point where I don't believe that our memories are stored in the brain. It never made any sense to me.
I believe the brain is simply a device giving us access to our soul and memories. Like a smartphone doesn't store the internet, just accesses it.
This also would explain why brain damage, Alzheimers, etc. show the symptoms that they do.
Memories are stored in your brain, right? You learn something and it gets encoded in some configuration of chemicals in you head. Common knowledge. Not so fast. I have often wondered how some animals can remember spawning grounds or migration locals without ever having been there. Instinct has always been an unexplained phenomena for me. A recent study I read about has now opened a can of worms. Michael Levin and Tal Shomrat, at Tufts University have performed an interesting study. Normally flatworms will shy away from lighted areas and circle around probing for danger before eventually honing in on a food source. They used a punishment/reward training method to train a group of flatworms to recognize a particular surface as safe and containing food. These worms would go right for the food source right away, now knowing where the food was. They used these worms because, while simple life forms, they still have a brain and nervous system. One other thing flatworms can do is regenerate. After training the worms, they cut off their heads and waited the two weeks it took to grow them back. They then put the worms back in the test environment. These worms were able to hone in on the food with the same accuracy as they did before the surgery! They effectively regrew this trained response from DNA within their bodies. Here's the National Geographic report: newswatch.nationalgeographic.com...
originally posted by: JackKcaj
Memory may not be stored in the brain, according to many theories. Shuffle Brain, read that book. So where is memory? What is memory? A pattern? Memory cannot be differntiated from a dream or a thought or imagination in the brain, so what is it? Interesting post and you definitely done a lot of research, OP, this is a great thread and I wish there were more like these.
originally posted by: darkbake
a reply to: pheonix358
Whether or not our soul remembers things after death is clearly in uncharted territory - but I hope that either it is researched one day or that I can research that one day.