How Do I Remember Stuff and Why Do I Forget?

Memory is a tricky subject to discuss as there are still many things that we truly do not know about the subject. Much of how our brain works remains a mystery to scientists, but there is a little light that we can shed on the matter.

To get to the murky bottom of how we keep stuff in our heads and why some of that stuff leaks out from time to time, we’re going to have to indulge in a little bit of Neuroscience, as well as a touch of Psychology.
Our minds are truly wonderful creations, let’s hope that yours is good enough to remember the sheer mass of facts that you’re about to read!

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Can you remember when you were born? No? Well then I guess your memory could stand to be improved a jot…

We’re just joking around with you! Your memory is (probably) absolutely fine and you (definitely) shouldn’t start worrying about all those childhood memories that are slowly, but surely, slipping through your fingers with each passing day. Just forget about it.

See what we did there?

Of course, for many people, it can be just as difficult forgetting something as it can be to remember something.


Before we dive into the things that we should forget and the things we should keep in our noggins, let’s dive into some memory basics.

Memories are stored in our brain. Duh. Imagine a thin, reedy gentleman, dressed in a three-piece suit, with a toothbrush moustache – if you’ve successfully conjured this image:

…then not only does your memory work, but you’re also fortunate enough to have seen Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method. Well done you.

Anyway, imagine that lovely Michael Fassbender is talking in a well researched German accent and saying this:

“Historically, teachers and practitioners have been apt to describing the memory in terms of files. The notion that we pack our neat little memories away into perfect little mental filing cabinets is easy to grasp but woefully undersells the power of the brain.


Imagine being a child once more and consider being unaware of some basic concepts.

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Let’s say, for example, that you see your first dog. Your well-endowed Mother leans down and points at the creature. She explains that this thing is called a dog. Later on, whilst trekking back home with the shopping, through the frozen Bavarian tundra, you are both accosted by a wolf. As your Mother buries her trusty hatchet into it’s skull she points and explains that this is a wolf.

Here’s the question related to memory:

Will you remember the difference between the dog and the wolf? Or will you simply be horribly scarred for the rest of your childhood?”


Thanks, Carl Jung.

Oh…are you a little confused, that’s alright, we’ll help you out of this one.

Here’s what the you’d remember, as a young Bavarian lad who’s had quite the day out with his Mutter. We remember things differently over time. We have short term memory and long term memory. So, in the short-term, as a child you would remember that particularly cute dog you saw at the Christkindlmarkt, but only for a day at most. The incident with der Wolf would be much more likely to stay in your mind for a long time (perhaps even the rest of your life), thanks to the intense moment that the memory was formed in.

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However, thanks to the ingenious way our brains are formed, you will never forget what the general concept of a ‘dog’ or ‘wolf’ is and you will certainly be able to tell the difference and know which one likes a bone and which one likes a rusted blade splitting it’s furry dome.


Memory is a strange concept that we’re still yet to fully get to the bottom of. It’s mercurial nature has eluded the work of scientists for decades and is bound to confuse more for years to come.

What Is Renewable Energy And Can I Eat It?

That’s really two questions – thankfully one is a lot easier to answer than the other…

There’s no such thing as a stupid question. There really isn’t, so we’ll attempt to answer yours for you now – in as fun a way as possible.
There are a lot of different kinds of renewable energies – so many in fact – that it would be quite impossible to explain all of them. So what we’ll do is simply mention a few and then address the whole ‘eating’ issue later.

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In the old days, we used to get all our energy from oil and coal. There was so much of the black stuff, locked away in the ground, we thought it would last forever. When the Industrial Revolution hit the world, we all went a bit mad for fossil fuels – until things started to get a bit smoggy.

You see, although it was super fun blowing holes in mountains and smashing up the land for oil, it turns out that we were actually hurting the planet a little bit in the process. Unfortunately, it took us a little while to  come round to this. The Industrial Revolution was a bit of a crazy time, when captains of industry were being raised from the slums of the world and grabbing opportunities with their grubby mitts.

“Why were their mitts so grubby?” You ask?

Well, they were both literally and metaphorically grubby. The literal part came from the actual coal and oil that why were forever rubbing on their hands (because that’s how you test for good quality fossil fuels) and the metaphorical part from the underhand, cowardly tactics they used to make more money at the expense of the planet’s well being and people’s lives.

Back in the time of this Industrial boom, a lot of kids were used to do jobs that were dangerous and damaging to their health. If an indigenous tribe was sitting on a huge oil reserve, the businessmen would think nothing of pushing them off the land or just killing them.

Of course, things like this still happen today, but less so, thanks to lovely renewable energy!

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“Wait a second, are you saying that renewable energies are stopping murders?”

Yes! Absolutely. The use of renewable energies is actively stopping murders on a daily basis – however it’s not stopping the proliferation of child workers. That will always continue.

At some point after the Second World War and the Cold War had blown over (in the 60s or something) people started to question the  amount of harmful gases and fuels that we were using. Some scientists (supported by a contingency of people with long hair and drug habits) pointed out that we might actually run out of lovely black oil at some point, so maybe it would be a good idea to look into different ways of making energy.

This is what they came up with:

Wind Power

Discovered in the mid-70s, this is a great form of renewable energy as there’s always plenty of wind to spare! The only pain is how much they cost to install and some people think they look ugly.

Bio-Mass

Burning wood  is actually a renewable source of energy – as long as you take the time to grow the trees sustainably. You can buy it in a specially formulated shape from sites like Volcano Wood Fuels.

Hydro

The power of the ocean is awesome and scary – and it can be harnessed! Using off-shore, purpose built stations, we can take the kinetic power of the waves and transform into electricity.

There are loads of other ways of producing renewable energy, all as smart and clever as the next, but these are the easiest to understand. As an answer to your second question: No.

No, you cannot eat any of these.