Remembering - How Memory Works
Your Memory - Remembering
Even though you may not realize it, memory is the most important thing of all. Memory is of vital importance to all living things things have a consciousness. It is memory that propels all living beings to continue existing from every preceding moment.
If this does not make any sense to you at all, just think what it would be like if you do not remember what happened during the last sixty seconds, or for that matter what happened during the second that has just elapsed.
You would not have an identity at all. Life itself would be totally meaningless. You will not remember your name or the relationship of your family members or the purpose of the items that surround you.
For that matter you will be a simple vegetable not even knowing how to respond to hunger or thirst. The very purpose of your existence would be totally meaningless to you. This is just a very basic example.
You have surely heard of the terms "long term memory" and "short term memory." Well, they are both important for your very existence.
What Is The Role Of DNA?
For example, if your memory was restricted to just what happened during the last 24 hours, you will only remember the people who came into your line of vision during that period of time.
In fact if there had been a restriction in terms of the duration of a memory, life itself would never have evolved.
Life would be totally void of meaning. Emotions would not exist.
Emotions being a function of how memory is gradually conditioned, of course taking into consideration the role played by the DNA, will be totally void, leaving nothing at all to propel the need and desire for existence. In short, memory is the wonderful thing which makes life what it is.
How Memory Works
A Memory Experiment
Nearly three decades ago the Readers Digest reported an experiment performed by scientists to verify some unconfirmed theories concerning memory.
The experiment involved a certain number of worms placed on a metal tray.
While the worms were in contact with the metal, an intermittent electric current was introduced to the tray. Matching the pulse of the current a bright light too came on and off.
In short the current as well as the bright light was switched on and off simultaneously several times a minute. Perhaps once every two seconds.
The voltage was high enough to be noticed by these living beings and react the way they were expected to, but low enough not to kill them.
Each time the current was switched on, the bright light was flashed as well. The worms, being in contact with the metal tray, twitched with every pulse of the current, which was an expected reaction.
The current was switched on and off several times a minute for a predetermined number of times, whilst the light too flashed simultaneously.
Afterwords the current was discontinued and the experiment was continued with only the flashing of the light.
Although the twitching of the worms was caused by the electric shock, the worms, having gotten accustomed to twitching continued to twitch even in the absence of the electric shock.
The flashing light created the same effect that the electric current did. They had just succeeded in manipulating the memory of these worms and conditioning it the way they wanted to.
What can you deduce from that?
Creating A Conditioned Reflex
They had succeeded in creating a conditioned reflex in the worms. The next part of the experiment involved crushing these worms, make a paste out of them and feeding the paste to some other worms of the same species.
Sufficient time was given for the "digestion" process to take place. Afterwards, amazingly, they found that these worms too twitched whenever a bright light was flashed on them!
Memory Cells - Or Brain Cells?
This experiment gave rise to the theory that memory is a chemical reaction.
This chemical reaction causes an arrangement or re-arrangement of cells, the patterns of which represents the memory.
If you know the very basics, the result of this experiment can trigger of a lot of thought about memory and the mechanism which govern its generation, storage, and recollection.
I would like to express my opinion right here and would be grateful to anyone who leaves a comment on this page if he or she thinks contrary to what I believe, or has a new idea on the topic.
I strongly believe that memory is not registered in the brain, but elsewhere.
Although I cannot discuss this in detail here, I have come across many reports which suggest the same.
The brain processes the information gathered by the senses and generates the "master tape" of the memory which then transfers to typical storage locations within the system which I referred to as "elsewhere."
I also believe that memory can be retained in biological substances irrespective of whether the substance is attached or detached to the original entity which processed the information.
This pattern cannot be dislodged by physical means and can be retained in biological substances to be transferred elsewhere and "read" again.
There are ways of explaining how memories are carried forward and transferred under the "right conditions."
Discussing these would require a little deviation from accepted theories but certainly is possible using basic scientific principles.
Such memories could be destroyed only by completely altering the chemistry of the biological substance concerned, like exposing it to a fire or subjecting it to a chemical reaction.
Placing in a strong electric or magnetic field would have the same effect too.
Copying them to be "read" elsewhere would definitely be a most sought after future topic.
Yes, with our present knowledge of the DNA, there is vast potential for clearer understanding of these issues. All we need to do is, keep on exploring!
The Role Played By The Human Brain
Amazingly the brain is associated with memory and it is believed that the brain, whether it is the human brain or the brain of some other living being, contains all the impressions that one is exposed to, via the five senses, and retains these impressions and presents it back as re-callable memory whenever required and in the sequence required.
How well and how clearly it does that is a different topic that could be discussed under the topic of intelligence as intelligence is also a function of memory.
The brain is actually the control center which draws the memory from elsewhere and conditions it in your mind enabling you to re live a situation or remember a phrase, an incident, recognize the facial features of someone, recognize a scent, a taste, a tune, or just about anything at all.
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