Memory Loss

  • 1) In 1992 a retired engineer in San Diego contracted a rare brain disease that wiped out his memory.
  • 2) Studies of this man led scientists to a breakthrough: the part of our brains where habits are stored has nothing to do with memory or reason. It offered proof of what the US psychologist William James noticed more than a century ago that humans “are mere walking bundles of habits.
  • 3) Every day he was asked where the kitchen was in his house, and every day he didn’t have the foggiest idea.
  • 4) Yet whenever he was hungry he got up and propelled himself straight to the kitchen to get something to eat.
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