I like to ask Google philosophical questions. Not because I think the answer exists, but because the results clarify my own thinking.
For example, when I asked why I was so tired, the first result was an ad for something called Nuvigil, a drug for narcolepsy. That’s the sleep disorder where sufferers fall asleep abruptly. Deeply asleep. There they are, mowing the grass, walking the dog, or, if they’re a teenaged River Phoenix, staring at a desolate highway in Idaho; then all of a sudden, bam, they’re prone and snoring.
I don’t have narcolepsy, so the ad wasn’t helpful for me. But another answer – Meet the ‘sleepwalking’ artist who can’t draw when he’s awake – was irresistible. Are you kidding me! Who wouldn’t want to meet that guy?
Lee Hardin is a 40-year-old Welshman who’s been sleep-drawing since he was 4. His parents took him to doctors, but they never found anything wrong. “Let him carry on,” they advised. He did, and I have to say, some of his work is intriguing. (Marilyn Monroe – what else would a 40-year-old man draw in his sleep?)
By reading about him, I stopped feeling tired. Being interested made me forget I’d been tired in the first place.
Which brings me to my original question. What is memory?
Google says this guy knows what memory is.
And, he does offer the basics: Memory is the human ability to store and recall past experiences. Memory is a brain-wide process of encoded neural connections “firing” again and again whenever we attempt to consciously recall the past.
He says the word comes from the Latin word “memoria,” which means mindful, and he also says he can build you a website, and get it up and running in a day, for as little as $200. (He did not build this site, btw. It was Kim.)
What I say, is that memory can seem to be one thing, but upon examination, turns out to be not that thing at all. A mystery A String Around My Finger was created to explore.