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  1. #1 Can we recover our memories? 
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    My Question?
    As we use recovery software to recover deleted data in hard disc, can we use a drug (or anything else) to recover memories in a human mind. is it possible? After all some people think our brain is like a super computer.


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    With current technology, no. We would first need to discover how memories are exactly formed in your brain. How exactly does an image of your dog get turned into chemical and electrical signals? We don't know that yet.
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    A topic of interest to me is the recovery of memories in lucid dreams. If I drive by a house every day yet pay it no mind, it is unlikely I could tell you, say, how many bricks make up the side of the front stoop, or the address. If I were to visit the place in a dream, could I just walk up and count the bricks, or read the address? While I've found little on this exact question, I came across one paper addressing the behavior of dream characters. Among other things, dream characters were able to mention words unknown (or unremembered) by the dreamer.
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    Someone correct me if I'm mistaken on this, but my understanding is that the human brain intentionally filters out certain stimuli in order to avoid being overwhelmed. Some people with neurological issues lack this filter and have hyperperception (I made that up) wherein they can immediately count the number of toothpicks spilled onto the floor (silly example, but you get it). Because our brain isn't capable of handling all the stimuli we take in at once, we're only really aware of what our brain determines is most important.

    If our brains manage to still store some of this information, while also restricting our conscious access, could it be possible that we have a great amount of untapped latent memory that can be recalled under certain circumstances?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flick Montana View Post
    If our brains manage to still store some of this information, while also restricting our conscious access, could it be possible that we have a great amount of untapped latent memory that can be recalled under certain circumstances?
    Perhaps at the expense of an undesirable cost, such as the example you have given; in that we have yet to be able to manage all that information. Looking at this angle from an evolutionary perspective, have we ever needed it and do we really need it to function adequately in different stages of our development and environment?
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    If you totally don't remember something, there is no drug to help you yo recover those.
    The technology is not so developed to create this drug.
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