The following thoughts arose after close observation of the effects of dementia.
Who we are? (ii) - (not a poem)
Can we make decisions without recourse to our memories?
I feel the answer is no, with a caveat. The caveat being we are driven to make a decision, any decision. The most basic being fight or flight. The quality of the decision however is based on our memory of prior information.
If so, it would resolve a burning question for me. Why do we hold so fast to opinions? Maybe because the mind abhors to rewrite memories and or throw them aside. Especially memories which have been consolidated over a long period of time.
Words by Rik
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Written on 2016-08-25 at 10:34
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