Notes On Conversations and Memory

Earlier, I came across an article where it was estimated that people speak about 7,000 words a day. That’d be a lot for anyone to remember.

To elaborate, if we do speak about 7,000 words a day, that comes out to around 2,555,000 words a year. I’ve heard some people claim they remember every conversation they’ve ever had.

I can say with the utmost confidence now that they actually don’t.

It would be a cool superpower to have though, if such were actually possible, wouldn’t it?

Your Memories: Fact or Fiction?

Our minds are not camcorders, and our recall (even in the healthiest of people) isn’t always as reliable as a lot of people think. As time passes, details, or even sometimes entire episodes, can be forgotten. A simple example I’ve used before in my writing online is the mundane one of forgetting where you left your keys.

I’ve always found it interesting that the brain sometimes even straight up FABRICATES “memories” and rarely do most people question their authenticity. I wrote before once on a blog about a “memory” I used to swear was real, of me going to a red headed woman’s funeral when I was very young.

I later found out that this “memory” wasn’t true.

My advice, while the brain is a great thing, it’s important to realize it’s limits & take those into account. Seek out secondary corroboration of memories whenever possible and as necessary.