No, You Haven’t Forgotten Everything
If I made you take the final exam for a class you studied a decade ago, would you pass?
The unfortunate truth is that, except for knowledge we actively use in daily life, much of what we learn is beyond our powers of recall. But that doesn’t mean it has been erased from our memories.
Why We Forget
Early theories of forgetting were based on decay. These theories assume unused memories fade with time like the yellowing of a photograph. The idea has some intuitive plausibility. Physical atrophy withers the…