Your Memory is a Movie Trailer

Monitoring Memory of Suspicious Processes

How does memory work and why?

Think back on when you saw the movie Star Wars (I use this movie because I believe every English speaking person has seen it). What images flash into your mind? What individual parts do you remember?

Perhaps it was the opening credits with the giant Imperial warship shooting at the tiny luxury ship. Or the spiralling stars when the Millenium Falcon plunged into hyperdrive. Perhaps the image of the desert on Tatooine? Maybe it was Chewbacca playing holographic chess, or maybe the final explosion of the Death Star. I know I always picture the scenes that take place in the weapons locker and garbage disposal.

Memory Priority

Why do those particular memory images, or your own images, come to mind? Obviously, your brain decided to put those images in the “instant retrieval” queue for some reason. Perhaps the particular scene was funny, or sad, or just plain interesting; and your subconscious decided you might have a need to retrieve that particular memory easily.

I think sometimes we actually “force” the memories to be available for instant retrieval by thinking, “I need to remember this”. Doing so, I believe, forces our subconscious to override its default programming. But, most of the time it seems like the storage and eventual retrieval of the memory is associated with a particular emotional state.

Maybe the goal of the subconscious, when it comes to memories, is to show you a “movie trailer” synopsis of your life when the proverbial “My life passed in front of my eyes” moment occurs.

Remembering

Now, think back on your past. Try to go chronologically. Don’t force it, just let it happen. You’ll have certain memories jump to the front without really trying – they are just there. Perhaps you were happy at the time, or embarrassed, or scared, or excited. Or, it might be one of those moments you intentionally instructed your subconscious to save the memory. I think you might be surprised at which memories come up, even if you have no idea why.

Here’s why I started wondering about this. I am “50-something” years old. When my mind wanders and I’m feeling a bit nostalgic and pondering my past, it does not feel like I have 50+ years worth of memories. So, I started thinking about certain periods in my life, and certain images (like file clips) started appearing in my head.

Bubbles

Memory Bubbles?

Like the lunch table in kindergarten when we ate “sugar rice” (I still gag a little when thinking about eating that because I hated it). Or, the reading circle in 3rd grade when I was promoted from the 2nd reading group to the 1st (or whatever the names were). Obviously, that memory pops up because I was proud.

Many other memories bubbled up to the surface – like sporting events, music performances, graduations, my wedding, death of a baby, adoption of our son, memories about his life, and so on. These could be called memory bubbles or memory clips. Without a doubt, these clips pop up because they were important, or at least my subconscious determined them to be important.

While experiencing this memory loop, it did really feel like I was watching a movie trailer.


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    • Anonymous
    • December 8, 2013
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    Do You Think Darth Vader Is The Main Character In The Whole Star Wars Movie Series? So far, from my movie watching experience, the story of Star Wars began with Anakin’s childhood and ended with his death.

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      If you want to believe the latest version of revisionist history that Lucas is saying now then yes … HOWEVER … when Lucas first started the story of Star Wars in 1977 Darth Vader was NOT the main character … it’s a verifiable fact if anyone cares to do the digging to learn the truth. If one was to listen to all of the interviews that Lucas has given over the years it would soon become absolutely crystal clear that Lucas is indeed a walking talking contradiction of himself.

      That being said if you were to just go by the movies, looking them as a whole, then it fits that Darth Vader was the main character of the series but in the beginning he was NOT.

      If you want to find out what the original story of Star Wars was, how it was changed over the years and the ripple effects those changes had through out the story as a whole pick up a copy of the book titled “The Secret History Of Star Wars” written by Michael Kaminski. It’s a great read and provides more proof that Lucas is a walking talking contradiction.

      May The Force Be With You …

      .

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    • Ali
    • December 11, 2013
    Reply

    Why Does Laser Swords Act Like A Steel One In The Star Wars Movie? One thing in the Star wars movies bugs me all the time. Its the laser sword thing. It is made of a laser beam and light never acts like a solid matter. But in the Star wars movies, when they hit their laser beam swords they act as if they are solid steel sword, so they fend off each others move with that sword. In reality, one beam must go through the other one. Is there any logic to it or should we accept it as a science fiction fantasy?

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      • Admin
      • December 11, 2013
      Reply

      First of all, LIGHTSABRES aren’t laser beams (although they have been refereed to as “laser swords”), they are more closely related to a type of Plasma. the strength comes from the “Focusing Crystal”. See, the whole idea is why I simply can’t just pass my hand through you, the plasma is is made of particles of mostly protons, therefore when put in close proximity, they repel from each other. The reason that’s the “plasma” doesn’t go all haywire and everywhere (like electricity) is because of the focusing crystal at the center of the LIGHTSABRE. It focusu the plasma like a magnet would.

      yes, I fucking own.

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    • Ramza_strong
    • December 12, 2013
    Reply

    What Is The Opening Crawl In Star Wars The Shape Of? The opening crawl is the shape of what? What classic sci-fi film is this an allusion to? From the movie star wars episode IV a new hope

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      • Admin
      • December 12, 2013
      Reply

      It’s a trapezoid, but I don’t know what other sci-fi film used this.

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    • Hannah
    • December 21, 2013
    Reply

    How Much Of Your Childhood Are You Supposed To Remember? I don’t know if I remember a lot about when I was little. I have a few vague memories and images of being little but I never remember what stuff happened and everything seems really blurry, it’s always been like that. And I never remember feeling anything like if I was happy or sad or angry I just don’t know. Do people remember things well from when they were little and children?

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      • Admin
      • December 21, 2013
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      I think people remember things that made a big impression on them at the time (when I was two I had an accident and started a fire – I remember that and the aftermath vividly). I’m not sure I’d remember anything about being two if everything had been calm and uneventful.

      My best friend moved (countries) when she was 14 and can’t remember anything before the move…nothing about her old home, school, friends, etc.

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    • RottenAzure
    • December 23, 2013
    Reply

    Is It Possible In Any Way To Take Memory Out Of The Brain?? I’ve read that memory is actually located in two different areas of the brain, however, is it possible- in any plausible form- to actually transfer memory into visual images? Could it ever be possibe to, say, watch an actual first person account of a World War II battle?

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      • Admin
      • December 23, 2013
      Reply

      You mean like kevin kline did with some scientist’s head in the movie “wild wild west”?

      I believe by two areas for memory you are referring to the hippocampus for declarative memory and the cerebellum for skill memory. However, to transferr memory into visual images probably requires many parts of the brain working together (I’m guessing the wernick’s area and the visual cortex would play a part), and to actually transfer that image onto film would probably require technology that hasn’t been invented yet.

      But yeah, being able to watch documentaries with a brain would beat the heck out of blu-ray or hd-dvd.

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    • Hope
    • January 28, 2014
    Reply

    What If I Use The Wrong Type And Size Memory Card For The Nikon D3000 Camera? It says to use a SDHC memory card, what if I use a regular SD card. Also it says to use a certain level of gb with certain brands, again what if I use the wrong one? DOes it hurt the camera or the quality?

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      No! those are just recommendations. They prefer you use a high speed card (you will see a small number in a circle next to the letters SD and SDHC indicating card speed class. the higher the better like 4, 6 or 10).
      SDHC just means High Capacity and that just means it has more space. The reason they suggest such cards is because the D3000 has high megapixels (on that camera, 8 MP is almost too much) and you can also set it to RAW mode which pretty much doubles the image size.

      If you are just taking random photos and aren’t concerned about speed, go ahead and use a 2GB class 2 card.

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    • Muñeca
    • January 30, 2014
    Reply

    Do You Believe Dreams Have A Deeper Meaning Or They’re Just A Bunch Of Random Images/memories? For the most part I think they’re just a bunch of memories/images with no significant meaning.

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      Congratulations Little Nena……you just blew the two most famous Psychiatrists of all time …..right out of the water….Sigmund Freud & Carl Yung…..base their entire investigation of the unconscious mind….on dream analysis and hypnosis
      http://www.dreammoods.com/dreaminformation/dreamtheory/jung.htm

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    • Denver23
    • February 14, 2014
    Reply

    How To Transfer Images From Your Computer On To Your Camera? I have a Canon digital IXUS 60, and i use zoombrowser Ex…would like to know if it is possible to transfer images to the camera……I can load them onto canon image gateway-whats this?

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      • Admin
      • February 14, 2014
      Reply

      On the computer, copy the images to the memory card of your camera. Then put the memory card back to your camera and view the images that you copied. ?

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    • Snottyrotty
    • February 15, 2014
    Reply

    How Do You Transfer Images From PC Back Onto A SD Memory Card? I transfered pictures from my camera to PC then deleted the images. Now i need to get those images BACK on the same memory card. my camera has no built in program to do this, nor does my computer. how? flash drive? card reader? thanks all.
    oh yeah, when i go to My Computer (when cam is plugged in) there is no “removeable storage device” icon or link to any removeable cards, anywhere.

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      • Admin
      • February 15, 2014
      Reply

      The following information describes a better way to move/copy photos to and from a computer/memory card.

      Just received some pictures in an e-mail which I moved to the computer. Then copied these pictures to a memory card and could view them on my camera or show on TV.

      If your computer has memory card slots, find the correct slot and copy pictures from the memory card to the computer.

      If there are no memory card slots on your computer, purchase a Targus card reader at Walmart for $8.88 or another brand for less at Ritz/Wolf/Kit camera. Also, they do 3 1/2 x 5″ digital prints for 6? each on Tuesday and Wednesday.

      CAUTION To prevent memory card corruption, keep batteries charged and don’t delete. Wait for lights to stop flashing then turn camera off before removing memory. For card readers, double click Safely Remove Hardware. Select then click Stop and OK.

      After you have the memory card plugged in, go to My Computer and open the memory card, select the picture you want to copy, and then copy to the My Pictures folder under My Documents under Documents and Settings.

      If you have trouble with this, it may be easier to right click on Start and then left click Explore. Find and select the picture you want to copy and then at top left, click the X next to Folders to see a place to select Copy Files. Now select the My Picture folder. Make and select a sub folder then click Copy.

      You can also copy from the computer to a memory card.

      Have just been playing with this and found that it works really well, but you should first format the memory card in the camera because it adds files to the card you will need.

      Next, take a picture of something with the camera.

      Place the memory card in the card reader and go to My Computer.

      Open the memory card and you should see a folder on the left (DCIM) that has your picture. Do not open the MISC folder on the right.

      Double Click on the DCIM folder and you should see another folder e.g.,100HPM417, which includes the name of your camera. Double Click on that folder and you should see the picture you just took.

      When you copy from the computer to a memory card, that is the folder where your pictures must be copied. You may only be able to copy one picture at a time.

      One last thing, the file names of your pictures must not have any additional letters or those pictures will not be seen by the camera. Also, the file name format must match the file name of the picture you took e.g., HPIM1903. Rename files to the same format as your camera photos.

      If you have trouble with this, it may be easier to right click on Start and then left click Explore. Find and select the pictures you want to copy and then near the top left, click the X next to Folders to see a place to select Copy files. You can then select the memory card folder e.g.,100HPM417, that you clicked to see the picture you took and click Copy.

      Click this link for other camera tips and complete instructions on cleaning camera and battery electrical contacts.
      http://www.google.com/base/a/4210404/D13701973093918363271

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    • Kathrynkurse
    • February 16, 2014
    Reply

    Memory By Images? What is the word for when you remember something like directions by images or buildings?

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      • Admin
      • February 16, 2014
      Reply

      The science which works upon this issue is known as Cognitive Psychology.
      According to its theories the memory by images is based on mental representations that we make for the world we live in. We make them in our try to understand better whatever exists around us so that we can act directly and be more conformed.
      So, the word you are looking for is: mental images/representations.

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    • Graeme
    • February 21, 2014
    Reply

    Why Do Computer Images Take Up A Lot Of Memory Space? This is a 4 mark GCSE question, can someone help me answer this? i have an exam tomorrow :/

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      • Admin
      • February 21, 2014
      Reply

      You have people with negative IQs (they suck the intelligence out of everything near them) writing tests in your school?

      An icon – an image – can take up as little as 1K. Images, per se, don’t “take up a lot of memory space”, they take as much space as they need. Not one byte more. Since the question is incompetent it has no answer.

      And I think the writer really means storage space, not memory space. (Storage isn’t memory.) But “Why do computer images take up a lot of storage space?” is just as incompetent and for the same reason.

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    • Snottyrotty
    • February 23, 2014
    Reply

    How Do You Transfer Images From PC Back Onto A SD Memory Card? I transfered pictures from my camera to PC then deleted the images. Now i need to get those images BACK on the same memory card. my camera has no built in program to do this, nor does my computer. how? flash drive? card reader? thanks all.
    oh yeah, when i go to My Computer (when cam is plugged in) there is no “removeable storage device” icon or link to any removeable cards, anywhere.

    View Comment
      • Admin
      • February 23, 2014
      Reply

      The following information describes a better way to move/copy photos to and from a computer/memory card.

      Just received some pictures in an e-mail which I moved to the computer. Then copied these pictures to a memory card and could view them on my camera or show on TV.

      If your computer has memory card slots, find the correct slot and copy pictures from the memory card to the computer.

      If there are no memory card slots on your computer, purchase a Targus card reader at Walmart for $8.88 or another brand for less at Ritz/Wolf/Kit camera. Also, they do 3 1/2 x 5″ digital prints for 6? each on Tuesday and Wednesday.

      CAUTION To prevent memory card corruption, keep batteries charged and don’t delete. Wait for lights to stop flashing then turn camera off before removing memory. For card readers, double click Safely Remove Hardware. Select then click Stop and OK.

      After you have the memory card plugged in, go to My Computer and open the memory card, select the picture you want to copy, and then copy to the My Pictures folder under My Documents under Documents and Settings.

      If you have trouble with this, it may be easier to right click on Start and then left click Explore. Find and select the picture you want to copy and then at top left, click the X next to Folders to see a place to select Copy Files. Now select the My Picture folder. Make and select a sub folder then click Copy.

      You can also copy from the computer to a memory card.

      Have just been playing with this and found that it works really well, but you should first format the memory card in the camera because it adds files to the card you will need.

      Next, take a picture of something with the camera.

      Place the memory card in the card reader and go to My Computer.

      Open the memory card and you should see a folder on the left (DCIM) that has your picture. Do not open the MISC folder on the right.

      Double Click on the DCIM folder and you should see another folder e.g.,100HPM417, which includes the name of your camera. Double Click on that folder and you should see the picture you just took.

      When you copy from the computer to a memory card, that is the folder where your pictures must be copied. You may only be able to copy one picture at a time.

      One last thing, the file names of your pictures must not have any additional letters or those pictures will not be seen by the camera. Also, the file name format must match the file name of the picture you took e.g., HPIM1903. Rename files to the same format as your camera photos.

      If you have trouble with this, it may be easier to right click on Start and then left click Explore. Find and select the pictures you want to copy and then near the top left, click the X next to Folders to see a place to select Copy files. You can then select the memory card folder e.g.,100HPM417, that you clicked to see the picture you took and click Copy.

      Click this link for other camera tips and complete instructions on cleaning camera and battery electrical contacts.
      http://www.google.com/base/a/4210404/D13701973093918363271

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    • Kathrynkurse
    • March 29, 2014
    Reply

    Memory By Images? What is the word for when you remember something like directions by images or buildings?

    View Comment
    1. Reply

      The science which works upon this issue is known as Cognitive Psychology.
      According to its theories the memory by images is based on mental representations that we make for the world we live in. We make them in our try to understand better whatever exists around us so that we can act directly and be more conformed.
      So, the word you are looking for is: mental images/representations.

      View Comment
    • Mike M
    • April 3, 2014
    Reply

    Digital Camera Image Sizes? I’m using a sony cybershot digital camera and wondering about the quality of pictures it is taking for the best looking ones.

    One option says 16:9 (9M) for videwing on HDTVs and printing up to A4 (8×10″) -which uses the least memory of the 3.

    Another 4:3 (12M) For prints up to A3+ (13×19″). -uses the most memory.

    Finally 3:2 (11M). -uses memory between the other 2.

    I know the first number is the aspect ratio which is like the ratio of height and width and will determine how the rectangle will appear.

    I would like to know the 2nd number (9M, 12M, 11M) and what that means. And what the advantages of using the HD option are? (like can I view the HD image on everything or certain devices?). Also is 4:3 ratio what is normally used?

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      Us as much memory as you can. This will ensure you have the highest quality image files your camera can produce.

      The 3:2 ratio is what all DSLR’s use (except for Olympus) and make perfect 4×6 inch prints.

      HD is a video only designation, so has nothing to do with your print quality

      P&S cameras sensors usually have an image ratio of 4:3 so use that setting except for special situations, which only you will know.

      It would be a shame to buy a nice camera with a sensor full of nice pixels and then turn a bunch of them off … just to make room for more image files on your memory card. Truly false economy, especially with 8 gb card selling for around $15 each when on sale

      OOPS, sorry; SDHC cards cost that much. I see you have a Sony, so you will expect to pay more for a Memory Stick. Just be sure to buy them when they are on sale.

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    • Mike M
    • May 31, 2014
    Reply

    Digital Camera Image Sizes? I’m using a sony cybershot digital camera and wondering about the quality of pictures it is taking for the best looking ones.

    One option says 16:9 (9M) for videwing on HDTVs and printing up to A4 (8×10″) -which uses the least memory of the 3.

    Another 4:3 (12M) For prints up to A3+ (13×19″). -uses the most memory.

    Finally 3:2 (11M). -uses memory between the other 2.

    I know the first number is the aspect ratio which is like the ratio of height and width and will determine how the rectangle will appear.

    I would like to know the 2nd number (9M, 12M, 11M) and what that means. And what the advantages of using the HD option are? (like can I view the HD image on everything or certain devices?). Also is 4:3 ratio what is normally used?

    View Comment
    1. Reply

      Us as much memory as you can. This will ensure you have the highest quality image files your camera can produce.

      The 3:2 ratio is what all DSLR’s use (except for Olympus) and make perfect 4×6 inch prints.

      HD is a video only designation, so has nothing to do with your print quality

      P&S cameras sensors usually have an image ratio of 4:3 so use that setting except for special situations, which only you will know.

      It would be a shame to buy a nice camera with a sensor full of nice pixels and then turn a bunch of them off … just to make room for more image files on your memory card. Truly false economy, especially with 8 gb card selling for around $15 each when on sale

      OOPS, sorry; SDHC cards cost that much. I see you have a Sony, so you will expect to pay more for a Memory Stick. Just be sure to buy them when they are on sale.

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