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Mindful : February 2017
Once the brain detects the relevance of information it had previously brushed off, it can kick into gear and encode the experience as a retrievable, conscious memory. important than they did when the experience had its first chance to be encoded, and what had been weakly encoded or not encoded at all becomes strongly so. The Spidey Sense Our brain contains more memories, and more potential memories, than we realize. What happens is seemingly inconsequential experi- ences are stored as weak signals in the brain, at least for a while (no one knows how long). Later events strengthen them and make them vivid—or, as neuroscientists put it, later events affect the past consolidation of memories. Once the brain detects the relevance of information it had previously brushed off as inconsequen- tial and decided not to encode, it can kick its memory-consolidation machinery into gear and encode the experience as a retrievable, con- scious memory. The fact that our brain contains potential memories that can be pulled into consciousness long after the brain made the initial choice to remember or forget, might explain the “Spidey sense” that allows some people to see danger the rest of us miss. During the first Persian Gulf war in 1991, for instance, a British air defense officer intuited that a radar blip was a hostile Silkworm missile and not a friendly warplane, and made the call to shoot it down—which would have had tragic consequences if he’d been wrong. In 2006, after the US invasion of Iraq, a sergeant intuited that a casually dropped bag contained a bomb and yelled at bystanders to run for their lives. These cases are likely the result of unconsciously matching a perception—a radar blip, a man’s behavior—to memories of similar phenomena that are so weak as to remain unconscious... until a future event calls them into action. More of our past life may be etched into our memory neurons than we ever dreamed, just waiting for the nudge to draw them into the light. ● February 2017 mindful 21