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2022-07-03 8:07:49 PM  
Bookmark.
 
2022-07-03 8:08:10 PM  
What am I doing in this thread?
 
2022-07-03 8:39:54 PM  

markie_farkie: What am I doing in this thread?


Inlining your junk, snap to it.
 
2022-07-03 9:02:45 PM  
I was cleaning out a bunch of stuff, getting ready to move, and I came across a phone list that I made when I was in high school. I still remember a bunch of those numbers, reflexively even, to this day, and some of the homes that those phones were attached to have been plowed over and rebuilt on. I don't remember phone numbers all that well anymore, but for damn sure I remember websites and recipes.

We memorize the numbers and lists we use the most. I can quote you half the recipes in my Prep Bible right now, because I've done them enough that I don't need to even look. Though, to be fair, I sometimes have issues remembering waitstaff names nowadays, until they do something either really silly or that pisses me off. Otherwise, they're just there, and often gone before I even get to know them. Life in a college town...
 
2022-07-03 9:54:09 PM  
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2022-07-03 10:12:04 PM  
It doesn't affect my memory, it allows me to devote more resources to other things. Like posting on websites.
 
2022-07-03 10:40:31 PM  
Crap, forgot what I was going to say.
 
2022-07-03 10:52:00 PM  

hubiestubert: I was cleaning out a bunch of stuff, getting ready to move, and I came across a phone list that I made when I was in high school. I still remember a bunch of those numbers, reflexively even, to this day, and some of the homes that those phones were attached to have been plowed over and rebuilt on. I don't remember phone numbers all that well anymore, but for damn sure I remember websites and recipes.

We memorize the numbers and lists we use the most. I can quote you half the recipes in my Prep Bible right now, because I've done them enough that I don't need to even look. Though, to be fair, I sometimes have issues remembering waitstaff names nowadays, until they do something either really silly or that pisses me off. Otherwise, they're just there, and often gone before I even get to know them. Life in a college town...


I try to tell myself that back in Homer's time there were people saying "write things down? Screw that, are you stupid or something? You need a skald to memorize 50k line poems using every mnemonic trick known to man or your brain will get lazy."
 
2022-07-03 10:56:58 PM  
The ending to a book called Gun with Occasional Music.
Written in the late 80's early 90's sometime.

People basically carry a smart phone that they record all their memories to as voice notes to themselves, and can't remember jack on their own.
 
2022-07-04 12:22:19 AM  
I still have my oddly selective eidetic memory, I can remember the exact layout of the high school I went to (the parts I went into, at least,) the routes I take every day, a stupid amount of dead memes, lore that ends in forever cliffhangers, movie scripts from 30-odd years ago, maps from nearly every video game I cared enough about to hundo or replay, the old AIM screennames people hope I forgot after they rebranded themselves years ago, and every ID number I've ever had associated with me. Random trivia, bits of physics and lesser-taught ways to solve various math problems? Also still there.

What I stopped giving a damn about remembering was phone numbers, because I've had a device that frees me from caring about those for decades. I'll hang onto the last four digits for work, and that's it.
 
2022-07-04 12:24:22 AM  
I also stopped remembering what year it is, come to think of it. I'm pretty sure it's 2020 and last year was 2013.
 
2022-07-04 12:33:34 AM  
There's recording writings in Ancient Greece of people complaining that memory was being killed by... the invention of writing.

People probably aren't as good at remember random sequences of numbers or addresses anymore, but I highly doubt memory of facts and information has declined in any way. In anything, when virtually anything you could want to look up is a search box away, people learn all sorts of things that they were willing to spend the 2 minutes doing that on... but not a trip to a library for a relatively unimportant fact.
 
2022-07-04 1:14:30 AM  

trerro: There's recording writings in Ancient Greece of people complaining that memory was being killed by... the invention of writing.


I'm sometimes amazed by my 3yo daughter's memory. Not that she's a gifted child, but more like "wow, that's how it's supposed to work when you can't read"
 
2022-07-04 1:28:48 AM  
Socrates complained about books and writing ruining memory, but he worked in oral trad, which was vital to keep straight or it would drift over time.
 
2022-07-04 2:07:18 AM  

wildcardjack: Socrates complained about books and writing ruining memory, but he worked in oral trad, which was vital to keep straight or it would drift over time.


And it works done right. Australian natives had stories from and accurate rough maps of islands that went under the sea thousands of years ago, like stone age events.
 
2022-07-04 4:05:42 AM  

trerro: There's recording writings in Ancient Greece of people complaining that memory was being killed by... the invention of writing.

People probably aren't as good at remember random sequences of numbers or addresses anymore, but I highly doubt memory of facts and information has declined in any way. In anything, when virtually anything you could want to look up is a search box away, people learn all sorts of things that they were willing to spend the 2 minutes doing that on... but not a trip to a library for a relatively unimportant fact.


I was going to bring up the same thing about the ancients complaining about writing. Your brain is doing something else with the effort it used to put into memorizing mostly useless strings of digits.

Or to paraphrase Henry Jones, "I wrote it down so I wouldn't HAVE to remember."
 
2022-07-04 9:19:32 AM  
I thought you would have that little blue book you kept near your wallet and condoms.

/also, do they still sell those giant Rand McNally's you needed to get around the tri-state?
 
2022-07-04 10:41:04 AM  
Been saying this for years... smartphones and gps do the 'remembering' now, and an equipment failure leaves you in a "what now" situation...   have a cell phone for communication, and know where my friends and customers live, have never used a gps unit.. someplace new ? Use the PC & Mapquest to locate , and drive right to it.  When a regular customer calls with a problem, I can remember what equipment they have and do a fairly accurate diagnosis, to bring the right parts with me, without having to look through a file system for information.. actually don't have a file system..  not needed.
   Phones are a tool to assist you... relying on them instead of your memory is a bad habit, that will come back and bite you... use technology but rely on yourself.
 
2022-07-04 12:36:56 PM  
No time to read it now, I'll just keep the tab open for the next three months.
 
2022-07-04 1:38:25 PM  
No, my memory was already garbage long before I had a mobile phone, let alone a smart one
 
2022-07-04 2:11:52 PM  

UndeadPoetsSociety: No, my memory was already garbage long before I had a mobile phone, let alone a smart one


Been very lucky about that..  still works well at 77... always had slight issues with short term, mainly with names of people.. the faces I remember, not so much with the names.. workable, though.. long term is about 100% good..
 
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