What Effect Would TOTALLY Perfect Memory Have?

Stephen Green sgreen at phoenix.net
Sun Sep 15 13:40:24 EST 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.

The only way I could see this happening is if this was some sort of new
ability forced or stumbled upon...  If it were natural or been with them
since birth then I'm sure he/she would have adapted to this or developed
some way to deal with it.

Don't forget the part when he gets hit in the head the second time and
then loses the ability... j/j  Let me know when your done I'd like to
read it

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