A Theory (Speculation) of Memory "Levels"
I've noticed something peculiar about my memory. For quite some time, I've not been able to come up with names of people I knew and loved in the past. Well, perhaps it is because I'm trying harder, or perhaps it's because of changes in my memory, but I've recently been able to dredge up a fair number. What's my take on why the change? Well, I have a kind of speculative theory that it is because memory occurs in layers, like the layers of an onion.
Our memory is vibrantly sharp for current events when we're young. But as we grown older, I'm wondering if our short-term memories don't fade some and we drift back in time. Not so much all at once, but in stages. Perhaps the neurons have layers of memories, a kind of time-oriented mechanism built within them. If we develop dementia, as time presses on, we approach our earliest memories, eventually reaching a stage (if we live long enough) where we forget pretty nearly everything.
What do you think?
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