Notes from Atlantic article about memory and forgetfulness.
…the experience of consuming culture is like filling up a bathtub, soaking in it, and then watching the water run down the drain. It might leave a film in the tub, but the rest is gone.
This is how I feel all the time, not only with books, but with some of my life experiences as well. Glad to read that I’m not the only one!
The “forgetting curve,” as it’s called, is steepest during the first 24 hours after you learn something. Exactly how much you forget, percentage-wise, varies, but unless you review the material, much of it slips down the drain after the first day, with more to follow in the days after, leaving you with a fraction of what you took in.
I’m delighted to learn that there is a scientific term to describe our tendency to forget, called the “forgetting curve.”
Note to self: consider saying “it appears that my forgetting curve is steep” instead of “I forgot.” On a second note, if I heard someone say that, I would so, so judge them as pretentious and douche-baggy, so scratch that.Read More »