Μνημοσύνη- Mnemosyne the goddess of remembrance and memory.
What is memory and when does it begin?
I had a discussion with my parents last weekend about which memories we clearly remember as our own and which ones are the telling of others. We concluded that recalling our first memory was a much more interesting exploration of self.
After looking back at various random events in our lives, all of us recalled or brought to light our first conscious awareness of our surroundings; what was happening and who we might have been with.
Each one of us almost felt that somehow, in that moment our brain just woke up and started recording our history, like the light was turned on in our consciousness and we began to form memories, personalities and a self. For all of us it also was nothing dramatic or traumatic ( for others maybe) just a moment in time that stuck to our memory bank.
For me the biggest question of our discussion was:
Why is it that we can’t recall anything before our third or forth year of existence?
I’m sure there are plenty of amazing neuroscientists around the world who know the scientific answer to that question.
For those who are curious, pass the question along. And while we’re here;
Do you recall your first memory?