Long-term memory loss in immortals

Perry E. Metzger (perry@piermont.com)
Sat, 26 Jul 1997 14:23:43 -0400 (EDT)

Andrea Gallagher writes:
> I'm curious if people thing long-term memory retention will be a problem
> for people who live much longer in their current bodies and brains.

I suspect that people operate with the wrong model of memory -- the
brain isn't a "recorder", and I'm far from certain we have enough room
to really "record" fourty years of experience faithfully, let alone
140. We certainly do forget large chunks of the "less important" stuff
and possibly so that there will be "room" for the newer stuff.

> If we don't make his assumptions, do we still think this will be a big
> concern? If we fix Alzheimer's, what are the reasons to think that
> long-term memory is more limited for 140 year olds than for 40 year olds?
> If this really is a problem, maybe it's a use for those life-recordings,
> no? It would suck if you lost all the experiences that happened between
> childhood and when you get uploaded.

It might suck, but I have come to accept it. If it bothers you a lot,
I suspect a diary might be a simple low-tech way to deal with the