Memory Hacking is the title of a piece I wrote for FastCompany's #travelbrilliantly branded content series about the future of travel.
In it I steal from Daniel Kahneman, and consider some of the broader implications of his thinking, fast and slow, and the TED talk above [which is wonderful] for how we think about, plan and experience travel.
Our memories are slippery things.
The brain [well the conscious mind anyway] forgets, well, pretty much everything, except salient elements to the narratives it creates for us, but it creates an illusion of continuous verisimiltude.
This is similar to how our eyes seem like they are seeing a direct stream of reality, when really they are filtering out a lot of information, and filling in gaps.
[One of the easiest ways to experience this visual filtering is to look into a mirror and then look from your left eye to your right eye and back again a few times.
You can feel you eyes are moving, and yet the eyes in the mirror don't move, because that movement is being filtered out.
Further, each one is a continuously made recreation, as each engram is re-encoded every time we remember it.
Kahneman speaks of the 'tyranny of the remembering self', dividing our minds, metaphorically, into the one that experiences that present and the one that remembers things, because it's one that remembers things that makes decisions.
You can read it over on Fast Company Creative Braintrust: Memory Hacking.