Saturday, January 20, 2007

stuck in the eternal present

What we've shown is that people with amnesia really are stuck in the present. They can't recall the past, and now it seems that they can't even imagine the future or indeed richly imagine even fictitious experiences.

Eleanor Maguire of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at University College London as reported in the brief National Geographic news piece: Amnesia Destroys Imagination as Well as Memory, Study Finds

What are we if we aren't our memories? What can we become if we can't imagine it?


Lasse said...

Interesting questions!
But in reality we realize that we are the present: This becomes evident when extraordinary thing's happen in our lives. Memories or the objects we keep to remind us are also often subduing our will to live in the present or to ask ourselves what we want from life. One must realise and at some point accept that nothing is permanent. Thing's constantly change and this is something I have a hard time accepting.

suttonhoo said...

so true -- but I wonder if we can be wholly present in the moment if we have no idea who we are -- and I suspect that a loss of memory and imagination would leave anyone stranded in a state of just not knowing anything about oneself.

frankly, I think it would suck, big time.


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