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I am in awe of there memory. That is incredible, I guess we are still evolving?

eh, i don't think we are evolving in the traditional sense (i.e. growing horns to defend against predators) but I believe our minds and thoughts are changing due to technology and sharing of information in this day and age, a mental evolution.
however, I don't see how having a better memory serves in the process of survival.

hey maybe one day the human race will be hairless because we've always worn clothing.
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post #12 of 64
I guess whether its a gift depends on good your life has been. If you grew up being molested by Ronald McDonald it may be called the curse of endless memory.
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post #13 of 64
I think I have it.
People are amazed at what my long-term memory can remember.
But I myself am really not impressed by it
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That's a pretty amazing ability. Perhaps we all store such detailed memories and it's the retrieval that differs.
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What I find amazing is that they can recall the specific dates and what happened on those dates. I have really good long-term recall that has always amazed my friends but I can't put dates to events. Hell, I had to move my mouse to the bottom right of my screen just to see what day of the week today is. lol
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post #16 of 64
I wonder how far back they remember.

I've always wondered what it was like to be very very young, like < 2yrs. Like remember learning to walk and stuff like that.
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post #17 of 64
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I am in awe of there memory. That is incredible, I guess we are still evolving?
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eh, i don't think we are evolving in the traditional sense (i.e. growing horns to defend against predators) but I believe our minds and thoughts are changing due to technology and sharing of information in this day and age, a mental evolution.
however, I don't see how having a better memory serves in the process of survival.

hey maybe one day the human race will be hairless because we've always worn clothing.
We've never stopped evolving. Evolution is just changes in allele frequencies over time in a population [in the biological sense]. The part of the general process we have largely removed ourselves from is natural selection. All selection pressures we experience are social rather than environmental.

That said, how is this different from a photographic memory? Is it more persistent?
post #18 of 64
not surprised at all tbh. The only thing limiting our memory is our own perceptions of it.
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All selection pressures we experience are social rather than environmental.
And I find that rather interesting in itself. Actually, that is more "amazing" than the memory.
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post #20 of 64
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And I find that rather interesting in itself. Actually, that is more "amazing" than the memory.
It is rather interesting. The idea that traits in humans aren't being selected for their usefulness to survive, but rather what a mate desires, like hair style or stupid behavior.

Oh how I fear for our species.
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