Does memory make us who we are?

From the introductory level of Psychology course, we have learned that memory stored in our brains through a process involving sensing, encoding, and storing. But is that it? Does memory make up an entire character of a person? I found that barely reasonable, and think more about, yet right “thinking”.

I believe that thinking is somehow a simultaneous or parallel process in comparison to memory. Conventionally, thinking requires information stored as memory, but the logic and reasoning behind the thinking itself intake more than stored information. Creative thinking would be a good example here. While a part of the inspirational work today base on a mosaic of other pieces creators collect, intentionally or not, from the world around them. But the uniqueness of their idea is processed more than what has been stored before the creation. In that sense, thinking behaves more like a manager of the information center, or an algorithm that process combinations of possibilities.

Fortunately, human brains can work better than the memory cards do.


Another idea about thinking came across in my religion and science class:

In the class, we were studying how theologists or philosophers tried to prove the existence of the powerful being, God. And one of the proofs that amazed me was the Ontological Proof. The ontological proof inserts that God exists because God exists in our brains or imagination, where God is almighty and perfect. If there is no other being that is more perfect than God in our head, which is true because we are somehow limited by the changing boundary of our thoughts, God must exist because we can think of it.

There are some logical problems with the proof, but it is still fun to think about the relation between the imagined world in everyone’s head and the reality we are exploring.

“I think, therefore, I am. “

 

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