It may be helpful to have the Model of the Mind open whilst reading this definition.
Memory is created by learning, but there is also an extra function – memory recall or ‘remembering’. Whilst learning creates memory, remembering uses memory, one creates amends and deletes data, and the other extracts data.
It is rare to remember anything from Perceptions - to relive events as they happened, generally this only happens when we have a spiritual experience, so it is only by having a spiritual experience that we get perfect recall of an event. At all other times we get all our information about past events from Memory. It is a key driver to the decision making function.
The output of remembering and recall is a ‘memory extract’ – a thought often held in working memory.
We can consciously access our memory database – in which case we say we are thinking, but sometimes memories come unbidden and are triggered by something we have perceived - an image or sound or smell or taste or touch acts like a search trigger – an entry point into the software of our minds.
We may thus go round and round in a loop of reverie - perceive, remember, perceive remember and remember again as one memory triggers yet more. The memories extracted may then trigger yet more activities - emotional, behavioural, the act of the will, or the act of speaking as we try to express what we have extracted, or writing as we express what we have extracted in words.
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- Bergson, Henri - Matter and Memory - The Dangers of Memory
- Bergson, Henri - Time and Free Will - Souls and objects
- Captain Humphries - National Review – The dead bulldog apparently returns
- Damasio, Professor Antonio - Remembering
- Edouard Claparède
- Grof, Dr Stanislav - Peter relives being locked in the cellar
- Hume, David - Memory and the database of facts
- Janet, Pierre - Névroses et les idées fixes (On neuroses and fixed ideas), - Subliminal memory
- Kant, Immanuel - Quotes - Where is the soul?
- Krishnamurti - The Network of Thought - You, the ego… the me is just memory
- Mach, Ernst - The limitations of memory and the 5 senses
- Madame D's dreams
- Ramachandran, Dr V S - The distortion of perceptions to fit belief systems
- Sacks, Oliver - On Inner speech
- Schopenhauer, Arthur - The World as Will and Idea - Memories and emotions
- Spinoza, Baruch - Ethics - On navigating memory
- Swedenborg, Emanuel - The Infinite - Where is the intellect?
- Tennyson, Alfred Lord - In Memoriam A H H - Who loves not Knowledge?