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(Popular Science)   Good news, childhood amnesia might not be from spiking the kids' milk with booze   (popsci.com) divider line 12
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2014-02-04 07:15:32 AM
Wait!

Hang on a minute here.

Kids got milk with their booze?!?
 
2014-02-04 07:30:24 AM
So normal people forget all the crap that happened to them before 7 and think that the way they think is just the way they think?

That explains a lot about other people. I decided at age three not to let the big people change the way I thought because they lied. I would do the actions they wanted but not change what I thought blindly so I examined every input designed to change my thoughts from that point before accepting it and now if I take a psych test I come out very well balanced but with a hypermale brain type. I don`t `believe` anything and notice before most people when someone is trying to change how I think without giving me enough reason.
 
2014-02-04 07:31:45 AM

Vodka Zombie: Wait!

Hang on a minute here.

Kids got milk with their booze?!?


Yes, until thatcher stole it. Your lack of milk is why you are now a vodka zombie I guess.
 
2014-02-04 07:38:21 AM
Except that you start forming permanent memories around 3.
 
2014-02-04 07:44:01 AM
Always works for me.
 
2014-02-04 07:47:03 AM

dready zim: So normal people forget all the crap that happened to them before 7 and think that the way they think is just the way they think?


No, at around age 7 or so people start to lose access to the memories they had from back when they were age 3 or younger.  (The article headline's really badly phrased, the research abstract is much clearer.)  Those memories that are still retained tend to have less emotional punch associated with them than memories formed later, and have sort of a second-hand feeling.
 
2014-02-04 07:47:48 AM

dready zim: Vodka Zombie: Wait!

Hang on a minute here.

Kids got milk with their booze?!?

Yes, until thatcher stole it. Your lack of milk is why you are now a vodka zombie I guess.


Could be.  My childhood is pretty much just a haze of shot glasses, beef jerky and lots of shouting about grades and how wrong it is to stab things.
 
2014-02-04 08:59:13 AM

big pig peaches: Except that you start forming permanent memories around 3.


Maybe for most. I started long before that and I retain nearly everything.

I've told my parents things I "should not have known" because the knowledge base on the subject is incorrect and incomplete.

I don't claim total recall, as Bradbury did, but close enough.
 
2014-02-04 10:43:09 AM

big pig peaches: Except that you start forming permanent memories around 3.


I realized after looking at family photos the other day that I remember my 2nd birthday. I got a mechanical car and didn't have enough leg strength to make it go forward. For some reason I could make it go backward. There are pictures of me sitting in the car looking lost.

Also, in the spring before my 3rd birthday, I suffered head trauma and had trauma related amnesia for awhile. Apparently it lifted around my 3rd birthday which I also remember: I stepped on a long-dead Portuguese Man o'War. You'd remember that, too.

I remember teething by gnawing on the end tables beside my parents bed. Have no idea how old that would be.

Think of it. I have memories from the Harry Truman years. 12 presidents. Around 1/4th of the entire history of the US.
 
2014-02-04 10:47:26 AM
I've heard it said that childhood is like being drunk.  Everyone remembers what you did except you.
 
2014-02-04 10:52:07 AM
I got my childhood amnesia the old-fashioned way - running into a tree (or something, I don't remember) with my head.
 
2014-02-04 11:50:34 AM

yakmans_dad: big pig peaches: Except that you start forming permanent memories around 3.

I realized after looking at family photos the other day that I remember my 2nd birthday. I got a mechanical car and didn't have enough leg strength to make it go forward. For some reason I could make it go backward. There are pictures of me sitting in the car looking lost.

Also, in the spring before my 3rd birthday, I suffered head trauma and had trauma related amnesia for awhile. Apparently it lifted around my 3rd birthday which I also remember: I stepped on a long-dead Portuguese Man o'War. You'd remember that, too.

I remember teething by gnawing on the end tables beside my parents bed. Have no idea how old that would be.

Think of it. I have memories from the Harry Truman years. 12 presidents. Around 1/4th of the entire history of the US.


I remember learning to walk.  Nobody ever believes me but I do.  I can remember the house we lived in along with my room as a baby.  I remember TV commercials, my father (he died when I was 3), and some of my toys.  I think as the norm people forget these things, but a few of us get to keep it all.  Not special, just lucky.
 
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