Memories and History

There was a recent report on NPR about how memories are edited every time they are remembered. Sorry i cannot find a reference to this.   The professor was saying that we remember the rememberings and not the original memory.   I was thinking that this is how History is remembered  too.   For example everyting we can find in Renton or on the Internet about the Black River is what people have recorded in pictures (see below) or books or web pages.  As we delve into this lost river we recall those memories and reconnect them to others and then in the future people will run into those reedited memories and perhaps not the original sources.  So the memory of this river, the history of this river, changes ... just like the memories we recall and then revise of our childhood.  This brings up how important it is to project accurate images and descriptions even as blog on the Internet for we are revising history as we speak.

The picture is of Barrows Farm On The Black River as seen in the Black River Gallery on The Breathless Moon web site.


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  1. memory
  2. history
  3. black river
  4. npr
  5. barrows farm
  6. breathless moon
  7. remembering

Comments


Mark de LA says
I think that memory is directly proportional to the amount of consciousness devoted to the observation at the time of making the memory. The more you are conscious of what is going on & of your self observing the more vivid the memory & more details you will have later. I suspect the same can be extended to "social memory" by analogy but depends a lot on M$M & the keepers of social history.  I also think that the M$M and other news outlets & blogs make some things stand out in social & personal memory far beyond their importance. Another thing I found in some science articles is that the amount of adrenalin pumping through a person affects the memory, particularly for PTSD & traumatic events. That latter case may actually produce false memories.


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