Well, I think the “engineer types” these days have a lot better understanding of memory than the “medical types” do.
I would put myself closest to the android209 type:
As for the David B types, I can find no types more disgusting in their thinking than those who come up with this sort of thing:
OK, so I don’t think anyone else is as presumptuous as David B. Who the hell cares what David B doesn’t think. . .or even what he does think.
And I hate how some people – e.g., rjk – feel they have to cater to the David Bs of the world:
, who insist it is holier to think only subjectively, even though this gain one no functional understanding. But then rjk goes on to divulge that he really has at least some objective understanding of human/animal memory.
Amnesia and forgetting are the complement of memory. So see the earlier thread:
. . . .“Why Do We Forget?”
People used to say, all the time, “We know how to use electricity but we don’t know what it is.” I suppose we must’ve learned somewhere along the line, because I don’t hear this statement these days. . .huh? The fact is, we always know a certain amount about any given thing, and what we know is really only constructs that help us “use” or relate to that thing, and there is always more we can learn about it (learn how to further use or relate to it).
The objective understanding of memory, for practical purposes today involves a degree of understanding of neural-network and synapse theory and empirics, along with molecular electrochemistry and such specialized suborgans of the brain as the hippocampus. Not many MDs understand much of any that, if for no other reasons than that it normally involves a lot of mathematics. The David Bs aren’t interested in much of anything that is not merely subjective wondering in their own brains, and so they then claim nobody else knows what they don’t and wouldn’t touch.
There are numerous references, in the above-linked earlier thread, to Web pages that cover a certain amount of the abovementioned objective knowledge. If you just want to wallow in subjective stuff, then:
. . . .“Memories are made of this.” Don’t forget it!
Ray (I’ve forgotten more than I remember – of this subject, as well as of all the others.)