(ABC News) By DAVID WRIGHT and BRANDON BAUR What if you could remember every single day of your life and have it available for instant recall? Everything from childhood birthday parties, Christmases, your first day of school, and your last.
Would it be a hindrance or a help?
When is the ready availability of memories or information, too much information?
What would it be like to remember everything you have done, everywhere you have been or everyone you have met?
Would the availability of such memories inhibit or otherwise interfere with everyday cognitive functions?
Would it be advantage is certain occupations and circumstances rather than others?
Perhaps there is a case, evolutionary or otherwise, in favour of 'forgetting' - for instance, traumatic memories.
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