Memory and Forgetting

Radiolab (Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich)

Individual memory and the fluctuations of remembering and forgetting often seem to escape representation. Or rather, they call for evocative metaphors (the file cabinet, the hard drive, a cave with interwoven corridors leading to dark vaults in which crouched memories hide more or less voluntarily from us…) which imagination has nothing to envy of the process of remembrance itself. Indeed, memory is not an inert stack of data stored inside our brain but, as the various stories told by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich remind us, an act of creation, of reconstruction, and of imagination. 

In this lively episode of the WYNC radio show Radiolab convokes rats, neuroscientists, psychologists, writers, a painter and an amnesiac musician to investigate the way memories are made, remembered and forgotten, and even, as controversially experienced by certain scientists, manipulated, erased or implemented…

Memory and forgetting (radiolab)