Human Memory

Human Memory is erratic. This is usually a good thing. If we remembered everything in precise and accurate detail, then variation, imagination, and creativity would almost certainly suffer for it. Also, in most cases, we have no direct control over what we store in our memory. To make sure of things, we use repetition.

Personally, I find I have a good memory. Pause. It is, however, utterly useless for the things I actually want to remember. The dialogue of hundreds of TV programmes - no, not just Doctor Who - the plot, author, and title of a multitude of books, conversations I've had with people years upon years ago, the telephone numbers of people I may have rung once in my life, who no longer even live at the address for which the number is viable, all these things are stored within in nice, neat, uncompressed files. They occasionally pop up like internet adverts when not wanted- other than certain useful applications of a broadsword, of what relevance is the theme tune to "The Masters of the Universe" to shopping in a crowded Sainsbury's? For that matter, what relevance to anything is the punchline to a rather bad joke about sequences of questions:

"In inverse order of asking; busy, nothing, hyperspace."?

Now then, consider data which is actually of frequent use. There follows a list of my particular memory foibles. Please add your own blind spots, Wikizens, signed or initialled of course.

If you think this is all very strange, look at Micro Soft's answer to it all --TL

You know, call me a Luddite if you want, but even after all my complaints about this lump of cold grey porridge, I'd still rather live with it than trust my memories to the company that brought us Windows.

"Your brain has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down." -- WJR Indeed --TL

Compare to Human Speech.

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