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ReadTheWorld

Read The World

I would read every last book on this planet if I could. Rationally knowing that I can't, I'll sure try to read as many books as possible before my time's up!

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The Elephant Vanishes
Alfred Birnbaum, Jay Rubin, Haruki Murakami

Why We Forget Most of the Books We Read

...and the TV shows and movies we watch.

 

I found this a very interesting article! It discusses why we forget a great part of what we read, and what is it that we remember.

A few weeks after reading a book, we already remember just a very general idea of it, probably the main plot or the main focus. As time passes, we loose more and more details. The same thing happens with shows and movies – it is very interesting to see what this article says about memory in modern times and the amount of information we consume. 

 

  • Some of the ideas I liked most of the article are:
  • - The fact that our mind tries to remember not the content of the information, but where to find it
  • It is probable that you remember more of where you were and what you were doing when you read the book than the book itself
  • - The fastest you consume the information (binge reading, binge watching), the less you will remember later: you never had the time to fully process and save everything in your long-term memory.

 

I love the topic of memory, specially when mixed with books!

Another cool link on the topic: https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/the-curse-of-reading-and-forgetting