See, a selective memory is a good memory

Link courtesy ayjay (who, despite having famously called the blogosphere "the enemy of thought," finds a certain kind of blog to be worth keeping):

Whether drawing a mental blank on a new A.T.M. password, a favorite recipe or an old boyfriend, people have ample opportunity every day to curse their own forgetfulness. But forgetting is also a blessing, and researchers reported on Sunday that the ability to block certain memories reduces the demands on the brain when it is trying to recall something important. ...

I confess that I find the general setup a lot more interesting than the nuts and bolts of the neurological research. It's hard to get too excited about the number-crunching of relative recall rates of discrete bits of language, when the reasons that remembering and forgetting interest me are big theological, philosophical, and psychological issues having to do with identity and redemption. Still, since the theological tack that I take on remembering and forgetting has to do with the fact that these are things we do in and with and as our bodies, I sit up and take notice of the neuro-biological research. Just might come in handy someday arguing a parasitic theological thesis.


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