What Effect Would TOTALLY Perfect Memory Have?

pspangle at global.california.com pspangle at global.california.com
Fri Sep 6 07:49:32 EST 1996

On 5 Sep 1996, Eric Manshun Choi wrote:

> I am in the process of writing a science fiction story in which one of
> the characters has the ability to literally remember EVERYTHING that he
> sees or reads.  For example, if he was walking down the street, he would
> remember how many cracks there were in the sidewalk, the number of cars
> that passed him, the make and color of each car, the license plates on
> the cars, how many people were in each car and what they looked like, etc.
> How would such an ability affect his mind?  Would he be able to cope, or
> would the overload of information drive him insane?
> Any input would be much appreciated.  Thank you very much!
> -- 
> Eric M. Choi                    | Author  of  "From a Stone",   in   the
> University of Toronto           | September issue of SCIENCE FICTION AGE
> Institute for Aerospace Studies | magazine.  Now available at bookstores
> emc at sdr.utias.utoronto.ca       | and newsstands. 

Unless the character in your story is constantly totally conscious of
everything he has experienced, I doubt it would affect him very much.  Are
you always conscious of everything you can remember?  I doubt it.  On the
other hand, having to cope with more than 4-8 things consciously at one
time is a load -- which is why we make "to do" lists.

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