"Memory makes Us Us "?

excerpt from ;  A specific smell—perhaps of leather or a cup of Earl Grey tea—can evoke a powerful memory. Other memories emerge suddenly to protect us from danger, allowing us to apply what we’ve learned from past mistakes. Family members can argue endlessly over conflicting memories of a certain holiday or vacation. Even firsthand journalistic accounts and history books often can’t seem to agree on the details of a significant moment in time.

excerpt from above site ;  Do our experiences shape who we are? Are the memories we keep from these experiences more important in shaping who we are than the experiences themselves? And if our memories and experiences shape who we are, then how can one person justify judging another when they do not know all of their experiences and all of their memories of those experiences? Many scholars believe our experiences do shape who we are and that memories of those experiences are equally as important. Some scholars, however, believe that there is a core identity each individual has that is unchanging, the very root of one’s existence. I believe we are our experiences; I do not believe in any “core” that defines our identity.  Ever since I was little I have thought about the idea that my identity is simply a culmination of my experiences. This thought has always been simultaneously terrifying and liberating to me.  Every experience we have shapes who we are in one-way or another. Every experience! Even an experience that is not monumental will change us. A seemingly unimportant experience may simply change how you feel one day which can cause a chain reaction of how you act a certain day, and how you act that day could affect your life as a whole. Our identity is simply a collection of moments and happenings of our lives. - 

    "Daniel Kahneman, a modern day philosopher, believes that experience and memory both shape who we are in different ways. He believes there is an “experiencing self who lives in the present and knows the present” and that there is a “remembering self that keeps score and maintains the story of our life.” I agree with this philosophy. Overall, he says, “What we get to keep from our experiences is a story.” This idea is what ties experience to memory and vice versa. Experiences and memories are both equally important in shaping who we are.  Now there’s the issue of comparing ourselves to others and judging others’ decisions. If we are a culmination of all of our experiences and memories; and if, as Sartre puts it, fundamental choice is the grounds for our subsequent choices, then it is not justifiable to judge someone else or compare yourself to someone else. Everyone else has a totally unique collection of memories and experiences that make them act in certain ways. We all learn different things from our different experiences and we all have reasons for those things. This philosophy goes along with the famous quote: “Never judge a person until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” You can’t judge someone because you don’t know all of his or her memories and experiences. 


Korsakoff Syndrome-alz.org/alzheimers-dementia........ Korsakoff syndrome is a chronic memory disorder caused by severe deficiency of thiamine (vitamin B-1). Korsakoff syndrome is most commonly caused by alcohol misuse, but certain other conditions also can cause the syndrome. 

I used to take B-1 daily, slowed down twice weekly

Cultural effects Autobiographical memory)

Studies have shown that culture can affect the point of view autobiographical memory is recalled in. People living in Eastern cultures are more likely to recall memories through an observer point of view than those living in Western cultures.[18] Also, in Eastern cultures, situation plays a larger role in determining the perspective of memory recall than in Western cultures. For example, Easterners are more likely than Westerners to use observer perspective when remembering events where they are at the center of attention (like giving a presentation, having a birthday party, etc.).[19]

There are many reasons for these differences in autobiographical perspectives across cultures. Each culture has its own unique set of factors that affect the way people perceive the world around them, such as uncertainty avoidance, masculinity, and power distance.[19] While these various cultural factors contribute to shaping one's memory perspective, the biggest factor in shaping memory perspective is individualism.[19] One's sense of self is important in influencing whether autobiographical memories are recalled in the observer or field point of view. Western society has been found to be more individualistic, with people being more independent and stressing less importance on familial ties or the approval of others.[18] On the other hand, Eastern cultures are thought of as less individualistic, focusing more on acceptance and maintaining family relationships while focusing less on the individual self.[18]