The Nature of Consciousness

Piero Scaruffi

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These are excerpts and elaborations from my book "The Nature of Consciousness"

The Evolution of Memories

Memory is not a storage device, because it cannot recall events exactly the way they were. Memories change all the time, therefore memory is not a static system, it is a dynamic system.

Memory is pivotal for the entire thought system of the individual. Therefore, memory is about thought, it is not limited to remembering. Memory stores and retrieves thoughts.

 Memory can be viewed as an evolving population of thoughts. Thoughts that survive and reproduce are variations of original thoughts, and somehow "contain" those original thoughts, but adapted to the new circumstances. Memories are descendants of thoughts that occurred in the past. Thoughts are continuously generated from previous ones, just like the immune system generates antibodies all the time and just like species are created from previous ones.

Memory, far from being a static storage, is changing continuously. It is not a location, it is the collective process of thinking.

 


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