Below provides some interesting empirical evidence for the elegant words of Ed Cooke, whose talk on using one’s memory for great feats can be seen here.
For the Brain, Remembering Is Like Reliving
By BENEDICT CAREY
Excerpts from The New York Times September 4, 2008
Scientists have for the first time recorded individual brain cells in the act of summoning a spontaneous memory, …
The recordings, taken from the brains of epilepsy patients being prepared for surgery, demonstrate that these spontaneous memories reside in some of the same neurons that fired most furiously when the recalled event had been experienced. …
Experts said the study had all but closed the case: For the brain, remembering is a lot like doing (at least in the short term, as the research says nothing about more distant memories).
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