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Inquisitiveness and Memory

Posted on: 30 May 2015

May 30, 2015

Son – “Dad what is the difference between confident and confidential?” Dad-“Hmm. You are my son. Of that I am confident. Your friend Timmy is also my son. That’s confidential. These two words confuse many people for those people English is their fourth and fifth language since both have share many letters in common. But, they differ after the ninth letter. This requires quite a skill in telling differences and one of the skills people should acquire in the process of learning, is the power of memory, which help people, not to forget, in recalling and associating things in way they would not be lead to mistakes and other wrong ends.

One sometimes wonder as to how words are formulated and their meaning change as per the number of letters increase and decrease in any given word, which vary as per the nature and character of the language. Although language and words have their own historical background, laws and rules, such kind of alteration in meaning, at times diametrically opposite, makes one to contemplate on few aspect of the human life. They pronounce, for instance, knowledge as nowle(je)ge, and people are asked to keep quiet, silent, on the, k, thing. This is one aspect of language and words. Hence, such given aspect of human way of life  needs  certain given skill especially in the power of memory in retrieving words as they are required and needed while interacting and communicating with other beings.

Few people could have exceptional gift in their power of memory in which they do remember things in precision. One could relate such given experience in way what one used to think and feel in past when they happen afterwards, not like in déjà-ouvu, but when they happen again at any given scenario of life. For instance when one smells a perfume, deodorant spray or odor of soap, one used to have in past, one could relate past ten years same experience and the type of incidents that were get along with that given perfume or whatever things. This is one faculty the human mind is bestowed by nature.

The power of memory is not only about remembering one particular matter happened on past, but relating other scenarios of happenings connected with that given experience of life. For example, when one walks on the street, one observes many types of activities are going on the road. People are walking, cars are moving, kids could be playing, a person is playing guitar and asks for money, man and woman are walking hugging by having love songs, a person could be taking by oneself without carrying a mobile phone, few people could be walking together and shout loud asking for their freedom of domestic partnership rights, and all kinds of related activities at one given moment. When certain experience comes on stage, one person relates one experience and other people relate two or three other activities happening at that given and moments of occurrences.

And when one smells a perfume of someone one which one could used to get along in past, but now in another person, one could remind that given person, a friend or an enemy since that given smell had some kind of experience at that given point of life and thus, one remember someone in past. Hence, people are on people, they stay on people, they keep thinking about them for many reasons. There are many ways and reasons on why people think about people since it is conditions, circumstances, events, interactions and so on that make people to stay on people, thinking and feeling, about them. Hence, people do think on people for many reasons and ways.

They say, the best way to make somebody remember you is to borrow money from them. This is quite an interesting way that people make other people thinking about them by giving headaches and expectations in way that the lender keeps remembering the borrower that someday, the borrower will return the money. When the money is back, then the person could not think about the borrower and life goes on.

Why do people remember or do not forget other people unless and otherwise they are affected by Alzheimer and dementia, which cause memory loss to peoples capacity of remembrance. The memory is the most thoughtful and sensitive aspect of human reality and without it, life is not possible. The power of memory is a mysterious and sophisticated human reality. One,  for instance, meet someone in life at one cross section and one could keep on thinking and remembering that person or events or whatever human dramas people faced in life. What makes people to retain such people are dependent upon the tie or bond factor.

Experts believe that memory is in fact more complex and subtle reality. Since time immemorial, humans have tried to understand what memory is, how it works and why it goes wrong. It is an important part of what makes us truly human, and yet it is one of the most elusive and misunderstood of human attributes. The popular image of memory is as kind of tiny filing cabinet which is full of memory folders in which information is stored away.

Memory is our ability to encode, store, retain and subsequently recall information and past experiences in the human brain. It can be thought of in general terms as the use of past experience to affect or influence current behavior. Memory is the sum total of what we remember, and gives us the capability to learn and adapt from previous experiences as well as to build relationships. It is the ability to remember past experiences, and the power or process of recalling to mind previously learned facts, experiences, impressions, skills and habits. It is the store of things learned and retained from our activity or experience, as evidenced by modification of structure or behaviour, or by recall and recognition

Memory is related to but distinct from learning. Thus, memory depends on learning because it lets us store and retrieve learned information. But learning also depends to some extent on memory, in that the knowledge stored in our memory provides the framework to which new knowledge is linked by association and inference. This ability of humans to call on past memories in order to imagine the future and to plan future courses of action is a hugely advantageous attribute in our survival and development as a species.

Memory makes human reality to be in state of life. When person’s memory is dead, that given person’s life is dead since everything exists in the power of memory. The reality of human existence lies on the power of memory since it is with memory that person’s sharpness and reality is tested. If we couldn’t recall the who, what, where, and when of our everyday lives, we would never be able to manage. We mull over ideas in the present with our short-term (or working) memory, while we store past events and learned meanings in our long-term memory. Memory is malleable–and it tends to decay with age.

What makes the human memory proactive, alert, highly functional and powerful, is this the natural diet, harmonized diet, Yoga, prayer and meditation, doing benevolent deeds, work, education, or the type of things people think, type of activities people are engaged, what else?

According to an article which was published By Rhodi Lee, on Tech Times Web magazine, the following article was read.

Curiosity boosts brain learning and memory power. Curiosity stimulates the brain’s ability to learn and retain new information. New study reveals curios people have increased activity in areas of the brain associated with reward and memory information.

A person is more likely to learn about a particular subject if he is curious about it. Now, a new research published in the journal Neuron on Oct. 2 finally reveals what is going on behind the brain when curiosity is piqued that helps facilitate learning and memory power. Curiosity stimulates the nucleus accumbens (NAcc) and substantia nigra/ventral tegmental area (SN/VTA), which are part of the brain circuit associated with reward.

It also triggers increased activity in the hippocampus, the region of the brain associated with memory formation, suggests Matthias Gruber, from the University of California at Davis, and colleagues. For their study, the researchers asked a group of volunteers to rate how curious they were to learn the answers to a set of trivia questions. The volunteers were then shown a neutral face for two seconds after each question before they were able to view the answer. Later, the participants took a memory test that evaluated how they remembered the faces and the answers.

“Curiosity may put the brain in a state that allows it to learn and retain any kind of information, like a vortex that sucks in what you are motivated to learn, and also everything around it,” Gruber said. These findings suggest a link between the mechanisms supporting extrinsic reward motivation and intrinsic curiosity and highlight the importance of stimulating curiosity to create more effective learning experiences,” the researchers wrote.

Therefore, curiosity in here can not kill the human reality since it helps human beings to have higher memory capacity. One guesses here that it is the noble type curiosity that can upgrade peoples memory capacity than the idle one since in the noble type curiosity  people eagerness and thirst for knowledge and good things is very high and the memory capacity and intensity also increase since it is about good things to have in life. It is the idle curiosity that kills the cat, but also the human since in such given curiosity  people are eager to know garbage things about people and they live in the world of garbage as well. The good always win the bad at last.


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