In accordance to the modern language of the-World(s), the two concepts of memory and remember, are very much interlinked; they’re both regarded as meaning one in the same: but are they? The-Self (the-Ego/the “I”), of many people, has the tendency to even personify the memories of the animal species with human remembering abilities. But to remember is not really necessarily the same as memorizing. And since forgetfulness is only a sentient experience, perhaps remembering is also a sole sentient capacity. If sentience (awareness) is not necessarily required for automaton instinctual memories to form, as it solely is in all of the animal and insect species, can such species then be capacitated with forgetfulness? Can an automaton instinctual memory, without a single ounce of awareness, know how to forget if it can’t first begin to remember? And if it can’t know how to forget, what exactly then is required to remember anything or anybody? And what then exactly is the differences between sentiently remembering and automatically memorizing?
Most of us know that instincts are basically biological automatons (involuntary reflexes/responses), able to fully function in the absence of sentience for the sole purpose to make all species to survive and adapt. But instincts are more than just spontaneous reactions: As mentioned in my “Consciousness (is It Sentience?)” article, some intelligence, and yes, even consciousness as an automaton thought, are also involuntary instincts. Indeed, even memory, in the absence of awareness, is also an automaton instinct that is automatically stimulated by the physical senses (e.g., stimulated by the vision, smelling, hearing, touching and tasting senses). Even though all animal species are unaware (without sentience), they still develop automatic cerebellum memories, for either vertebrate and invertebrates; and even for animals with just a system of sole nerved vertebrates. It is even known that during certain critical physical therapies for rehabilitation, excruciating exercises are mandatory for the body itself to memorize how to function in certain isolated areas, partially independent of encephalon assistance, to then reconnect with cerebra aspects. So it seems that memory is just about almost everywhere, solely within an animating physical creature (whether is human: and aquatic, marine, aero and terrain animal: and watered, aero and terrain insect species). So, with or without cerebellum/cerebral organs, memory is an essential automaton instinct for all animating species; otherwise, how can anyone survive without it, sentient or not?
For the majority people whose minds are mentally actuated with the concept of The-Self, accepting that memories are simply just automaton instincts is very difficult to consider as an actuality, especially when people hold dear and value their memories very personally, and mostly, very emotionally; like priceless treasures. Most people are comfortably convinced that memories are what makes a human whole as an identity; that you are all what your memories are, and that all of your memories in total is what makes who you are: but many old marital couples, who have experienced a husband/wife with Alzheimer/dementia diseases, have testified that even though their marital partners could no longer remember their memories, the personalities and familiarity behaviors were still present; still somewhat connecting as almost usual even though they were no longer remembered by their marital partners: indicating then, that certain characters, charisma, traits, charms and nature were not really due to remembering a memory after all: that there still is a part of a person’s makeup, even with Alzheimer. It may seem after all that Alzheimer/dementia may not necessarily start with hindering memories in of themselves, but more like first hindering the capacity to remember the memories before the memories actually too then becomes affected by the disease: In other words, the Alzheimer/dementia disease may first start to affect sentience before it actually starts to affect the actual cerebellum memories, and therefore, first hindering the capacity to remember the memories themselves: This is evident by the early stages of the disease, in whereas a person may no longer sentiently remember anything or anyone, but can still automatically memorize unspecified day to day chores. So it may seem that Alzheimer/dementia may be a zombie disease after all, at least in the early stages; in other words, a disease that first diminishes awareness (the-Mind itself) before it diminishes the actual cerebellum memories: and since both remembering and forgetting is a sentient capacity, becoming a zombie with Alzheimer’s, in a medical sense, would then be more appropriate to describe it as such. With all this in mind, let us pierce into defining the differences between memorizing and remembering.
There is a lot of confusions when it comes to both concepts of memorizing and remembering; especially when the etymology of the word memory is heavily connoted with the word remember. In accordance to the 11th century, the root of the word stems from the ever-old French word, memoire, which means to be mindful with memories: Later on, by the mid-13th century, further concepts and descriptions were added to the word memory with terms like, awareness, consciousness, and the ability to recollect someone and/or something. By the late 14th century, the English language connoted the concept of memory with the, “faculty of remembering,” as being one in the same. Even in Greek, the word memory, as merimna, was and still is connoted with the disposition to care for, or to be thoughtful of; thus, suggesting that memory is always a sentient effort. In Dutch, the concept of memory, as mijmeren, means “to ponder,” which is suggesting another sentient effort. Eventually, memory was also connoted with emotions (e.g., sadness), hence the term, “…in memorial of…;’ suggesting then, through and through, that memory is absolutely one in the same with sentience. This is also the cause for many confusions, as to why the majority of people believe (figuratively feel) that animals are then sentient since they too, are capacitated with developing memories. However, none of these etymological explanations describes something profoundly mindful; something genuinely intentional, or something thoroughly willful: They all read as though described as automaton aptitudes; almost suggesting that sentience in of itself is also autogenetic, an instinct of some sort: But is it really? If indeed awareness would be one in the same with instincts, then how can we know if our conations are really intentional, or voluntarily? If, for say, that sentience is an instinct, then that would mean that the distinct capacities of the-Mind, in which are to will and to intent, would really be involuntary responses to almost anything and everything; and that would then mean that our facilities to authorize, demand, determine, ordain, insist and direct is just an illusion: an illusion in the sense that those resolute abilities are not what they really seem to be. So what are we to do to determine if whether remembering, in which is a sentient effort, is actually different from automatically memorizing, in which is an instinctive response? How can we specify both of their inequalities, to even try making a clear demarcation in between them, when the very etymology of the concept of memory is thoroughly associated with the concept of remembering? The answer, my reader, is within the very origin of the word, remember.
Although the concept of memory is quasi in comparison with the concept of remember, the concept of remember, however, is separately whole in comparison to memory. According to the etymon of the English word remember, the 11th century ever-old French word, remembrer, refers to a mental actuation as to bring to mind: by the early 14th century, the word was further referred to as to keep in mind. Even in the Latin root, as rememorari, the word itself here refers as to recall to mind, which is a combination of the prefix, “re” (again), and the suffix, “memorari” (be mindful of); therefore, specifically suggesting that a memory can be called to mind, again (i.e., called into awareness, again: or called into sentience, again): The Latin root also suggests that the mental capacity of remembering is a volition ability as opposed to an involuntary reflex (i.e., to recall memories independently from the five physical senses): but most importantly, this Latin etymon of the English word remember, suggests that a mind must first be present in order to remember. This is where the demarcation between memory and remember comes in between them; hence, clear is the line that becomes just like the line between the colors of black and white: Indeed, in order to then remember, one must first be in possession of awareness (the-Mind itself): which makes it very evident that the ability to remember is a will in of itself, because one can then recall a memory into one’s own awareness with volition, independently of one’s own physical senses: as opposed to the cerebellum memory itself. So, to remember, is not just to recollect a memory, but to recall a memory itself unto and into sentience; otherwise, without the-Mind’s (awareness) presence, the sole purpose to then automatically stimulate a memory is to just ensure the survival of species. So what then is the purpose to remember if it’s more than just for survival of the species?
The purpose to remember is to mentally ‘re-experience‘ an already ‘experienced memory.’ To remember the things that you lived through, and possibly loved, while all along you experienced them (i.e., while you were simultaneously aware at the time a memory was being recorded in your cerebra). Since the ability of experiencing anyone and anything is a distinct capacity of the-Mind (of sentience), the only way then to obtain and retain experienced memories is to first be in possession of the-Mind itself. And since it is solely the human species that’s in possession of sentience, it is then obvious that humans are the only specie to manufacture experienced memories, as opposed to just instinctive memories, the only memory capacity that all animal and insect species are in possession of. But as the human species that we are, unlike the animals and insects, we possess both the voluntary experienced memories, as well as the involuntary instinctive memories: so that make us humans to be multi-agile in remembering both kinds of memories. So if there’s no mind to recollect something to it, then there’s nothing to remember, and therefore, nothing to forget either. Indeed, to then remember something, is to recollect familiar memories; and the only way one can build familiarized memories is to first build them during the presence of sentience; otherwise, during the absence of awareness, the memories can and will still continue to form as unexperienced memories, or as, unaware memories, for humans: That is, if for some reason something happened that may cause a person’s mind to become mindless (in a state of unawareness) for a while or several years, and all of a sudden, becomes mindful (in a state of awareness) again, the memories that were then formed and developed in the cerebra organ during the absence of one’s own sentience, will still be mentally viewed like watching a television show through the eyes of someone else, but that can solely get automatically turned on and stimulated by the physical senses; and yet, still be unable to be recalled (remembered) at will to the mind, only because such unaware stored memories were not personally experienced. In this degree of understanding, one can definitely see the differences between memorizing and remembering, and also possibly recognize a medical termed for mental zombification.
It is then obvious that only the human species can remember and forget, because it is only humans that are in possession of a mindful brain, as opposed to all of the animals and insects specie, in which are only in possession of mindless brains. Just because any animating physical creature is innately constructed to manufacture memories, that doesn’t mean that such memories are also efficiently to manufacture the-Mind itself. Memories has nothing to do with sentience; they’re both unequal, belonging to their own separate realms although conjoined side by side, to work together in humans as persons: Truly, only the brains of humans can enhouse the-Mind within it; and yet, still remain separated as an immaterial impetus within the material brain.
In conclusion, to remember, is to then recall to mind all that which was experienced with the-Mind itself. But in the absence of the-Mind, to then only memorize, is to automatically and involuntarily recall the necessary instinctive cerebellum memories to the brain itself, for the purpose of the survival of the species. Hence, in regard to all animal and insect species, since they are all absent of the-Mind, they cannot and will not remember, for they have no mind to recollect anything or anyone to mind; and therefore, unable to forget also: They can only automatically memorize, solely dependently of their automatic memory stimulation by their physical senses, without even being aware of everyone and everything, no matter the sizes of their cerebral organs (e.g., an adult sperm whale’s brain is about 18 pounds, and an elephant’s brain is about 12 pounds in comparison to a human brain, which is only about 3.1 pounds; and a dolphin’s brain is just slightly bigger then ours, by 0.4 ounces more; and yet, they possess no sentience (no mind) of any form whatsoever: At one point, pseudo science use to credit awareness due to the size of brain organs, and it was once believed that the human brain organ was the biggest; but that turned out to be false: No one really knows what is responsible to manufacture the-Mind itself). Thus, to remember, is to first have a mind; and to have a mind, is to then experience; and to experience, is to solely then be human; and not an animal of any sort, nor an insect.
So what are you to recollect to your mind (remember what you’ve experienced) at this very moment of yours? Think about it, because when you do, you’ll realize that you, as a human species, are able to recollect to your mind your experienced memories, independently from your physical senses, and with your very own volition of will; to then ‘re-experience’ your ‘experienced memories’ all over again; that is, with some good ones, and with some bad ones as well: Something that even the animals, or your pets, are not inborn to do at all. And then you’ll realize the differences, and you’ll begin to be thankful that you are the species that you are: a human that can independently remember at will.
[Article Posted by: Sabiazoth Alonso]
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