THE FATE OF HAPPY MEMORY

Ordinary forgetting follows the fate of happy memory: it is silent about its neural base. Mnemonic phenomena are experienced in the silence of our organs. Ordinary forgetting is in this respect on the same silent side as ordinary memory. This is the great difference between forgetting and all the types of amnesia with which clinical literature abounds. Even the misfortune of definitive forgetting remains an existential misfortune which beckons us more to poetry and to wisdom than to science.

– Ricouer, Memory, History, Forgetting

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Paintings by Fred Stonehouse.

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