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How to Forget: On Lewis Hyde’s “A Primer for Forgetting: Getting Past the Past” - Los Angeles Review of Books
"A Primer for Forgetting Getting Past the Past By Lewis Hyde Published 06.18.2019 Farrar, Straus and Giroux 384 Pages"
book  review  memory  forgetting  history  national 
3 days ago by tsuomela
The End of Forgetting — Kate Eichhorn | Harvard University Press
"Thanks to Facebook and Instagram, our childhoods have been captured and preserved online, never to go away. But what happens when we can’t leave our most embarrassing moments behind? Until recently, the awkward moments of growing up could be forgotten. But today we may be on the verge of losing the ability to leave our pasts behind. In The End of Forgetting, Kate Eichhorn explores what happens when images of our younger selves persist, often remaining just a click away. For today’s teenagers, many of whom spend hours each day posting on social media platforms, efforts to move beyond moments they regret face new and seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Unlike a high school yearbook or a shoebox full of old photos, the information that accumulates on social media is here to stay. What was once fleeting is now documented and tagged, always ready to surface and interrupt our future lives. Moreover, new innovations such as automated facial recognition also mean that the reappearance of our past is increasingly out of our control. Historically, growing up has been about moving on—achieving a safe distance from painful events that typically mark childhood and adolescence. But what happens when one remains tethered to the past? From the earliest days of the internet, critics have been concerned that it would endanger the innocence of childhood. The greater danger, Eichhorn warns, may ultimately be what happens when young adults find they are unable to distance themselves from their pasts. Rather than a childhood cut short by a premature loss of innocence, the real crisis of the digital age may be the specter of a childhood that can never be forgotten."
book  publisher  forgetting  memory  social-media 
may 2019 by tsuomela
Blockchains Never Forget
A very interesting piece by Venkatesh Rao that provides the best reason I've seen so far for widespread adoption of blockchain technologies.
blockchain  history  technology-effects  forgetting  forgiveness  memory  institutions  organizations 
may 2017 by tsuomela
After good or bad events, people forget how they thought they'd feel
People aren't very accurate at predicting how good or bad they'll feel after an event -- such as watching their team lose the big game or getting a flat-screen TV. But afterwards, they "misremember" what they predicted, revising their prognostications after the fact to match how they actually feel, according to new research.
psychology  self-analysis  self-knowledge  future  prediction  forgetting  memory 
november 2010 by tsuomela
The Top Idea in Your Mind
"Turning the other cheek turns out to have selfish advantages. Someone who does you an injury hurts you twice: first by the injury itself, and second by taking up your time afterward thinking about it. If you learn to ignore injuries you can at least avoid the second half. I've found I can to some extent avoid thinking about nasty things people have done to me by telling myself: this doesn't deserve space in my head. I'm always delighted to find I've forgotten the details of disputes, because that means I hadn't been thinking about them. My wife thinks I'm more forgiving than she is, but my motives are purely selfish.
psychology  attention  forgiveness  forgetting  thinking 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Memory and megabytes | American Scholar | MyWire
Essay by Ellen Ullman on the persistence of memory (human and computer) across different computers she has owned.
memory  forgetting  psychology  technology  technology-effects  computer  information  storage 
october 2009 by tsuomela
The Science of Memory: An Infinite Loop in the Brain - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International
"People say to me: Oh, how fascinating, it must be a treat to have a perfect memory," she says. Her lips twist into a thin smile. "But it's also agonizing."

In addition to good memories, every angry word, every mistake, every disappointment, every shock and every moment of pain goes unforgotten. Time heals no wounds for Price. "I don't look back at the past with any distance.
psychology  memory  mind  forgetting  emotion  neurology  case-study 
december 2008 by tsuomela

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