Right now,” he said, “I’m wondering, have I done or said something amiss? You see, at this moment, everything looks clear to me, but what happened just before? That’s what worries me. It’s like waking from a dream.”
He might have said the same thing, felt the same way, in 1979, 1989, 1999. Every day, every waking hour. The world around him evolving, changing, growing, while the world within him cycles endlessly, fruitlessly. Memory is the traction of our lives. Without it, you can’t move. You’re nowhere at all, really. Like when you’re just waking from a dream.

- ‘The Brain That Changed Everything’, by Luke Dittrich for Esquire.

I’m just catching up on my Instapaper reads now, and I was quite looking forward to this one. And it was every bit as good as I thought it’d be. It’s astonishing how little we know about the human brain. The role of memory is all of this is fascinating. While we regret certain things in the past, the lack of memory would never let us move forward in our lives.