Remembering. Not from where you stored the memory…

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When we have a new experience, the memory of that event is stored in a neural circuit that connects several parts of the hippocampus and other brain structures. Each cluster of neurons may store different aspects of the memory, such as the location where the event occurred or the emotions associated with it.

Neuroscientists who study memory have long believed that when we recall these memories, our brains turn on the same hippocampal circuit that was activated when the memory was originally formed. However, MIT neuroscientists have now shown, for the first time, that recalling a memory requires a “detour” circuit that branches off from the original memory circuit.

“This study addresses one of the most fundamental questions in brain research – namely how episodic memories are formed and retrieved – and provides evidence for an unexpected answer: differential circuits for retrieval and formation”, says Susumu Tonegawa, the Picower Professor of Biology and Neuroscience, the director of the RIKEN-MIT Center for Neural Circuit Genetics at the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, and the study’s senior author. (1)

Wandering in the dark forest.

Memories of the cosmos.

Inside our brain.

Different paths to follow.

From where we go, we will not go back.

Because the path is not important.

What we need to know is already there.

We live and breathe inside it.

Going deep into the forest is the only way out…

Speaking English. Speaking Spanish. Speaking… whatever. [Ghosts in the machine, or in the brain instead…]

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The family of a 16-year-old Georgia boy is describing how he woke from a coma speaking Spanish instead of English. Reuben Nsemoh was playing goalie for a Gwinnett County team late last month when another player accidentally kicked him in the head while he was diving for the ball, local ABC affiliate WSB-TV reported.

The high school sophomore, who has now suffered three soccer-related concussions, fell into a coma for several days. When he woke up, he could only speak in Spanish instead of English.

Reuben, whose English has since returned, said he knew a little Spanish because his friends and a brother speak the language. But he’d never felt comfortable holding a conversation in Spanish before his injury, he said. “I wasn’t perfect, but my brother is a really fluent Spanish speaker, so he kind of inspired me with that too,” he told WSB. His Spanish gradually slipped away after he woke up, Reuben said. (1)

The brain knows things the mind is not aware of.

All input is somewhere somehow recorded.

And readily available for anyone who can access them.

Now imagine something bigger than the Spanish language you heard once. Imagine that your brain/ mind has interfered with the whole cosmos. Imagine that your brain/ mind interferes with the whole cosmos constantly from ever since you were born. Imagine you being in a universe and constantly learning without ever knowing you learn.

Now imagine you are dumb.

Imagine you know nothing.

How absurd that sounds?

Forgetting, remembering, forgetting…

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It may seem normal: As we age, we misplace car keys, or can’t remember a name we just learned or a meal we just ordered. But University of Florida researchers say memory trouble doesn’t have to be inevitable, and they’ve found a drug therapy that could potentially reverse this type of memory decline. (1)

We are born, without any previous memories.
We grow up and build memories.
We approach death losing our memories again.

What is there to forget?
What is there to remember?

In a life we cannot understand, do you want to have memories of what? And why?

Who said memories are important?
Why did we believe him?
I cannot remember…

Old data, long gone…

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The older the raw data, the harder it is to get your hands on. That’s the perhaps-not-unsurprising message of a new study by a group of ecologists and evolutionary biologists, who set out to track down the authors of 516 papers published between 2 and 22 years ago. In 167 papers published before 2000, 38% had no working author e-mail; for the 349 papers published after 2000, the number dropped to 19%. For papers where an e-mail apparently got through, Vines and his colleagues received a response about half the time, regardless of when the paper was published. (1)

Things exist only so as to be forgotten. Events occur only so as to be let go into oblivion. We are mode defined by the things we have forgotten than the ones we remember. Close your eyes. It will all come back to you…

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