What Memories Are Made Of

memorymain"Where'd I park my car?"

Our inability to remember details can be annoying. Yet if we understand how our brain works -- why it forgets some things and remembers others -- we can gain a whole new appreciation for this marvel.

Many people mistakenly believe that the brain permanently stores all the information it encounters, but we just can't always access it. In fact, we forget many things, which appear to be gone forever. And that's a good thing!

Consider what happens if we remember too much. One famous psychology patient could remember lists of hundreds of random words without even trying, but this posed a huge problem. He had trouble forgetting anything. Even worse, he had difficulty distinguishing between useful and useless information. His brain was overloaded because he could not identify what was really important.

God created our brains to process an unimaginably complex stream of information -- trillions of bits pour into our brain every second from all our senses. As we monitor the world, our brains must discard useless details and latch onto anything of short-term or long-term value.

As we juggle the humdrum details of life, our brains may sometimes get out of kilter. In the vast majority of situations, however, even the "average" mind performs unparalleled miracles.

[Read the rest of the article at Answers in Genesis.]