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A to Z 2013 : RANDOM REMEMBRANCES

(An A to Z 2013 Challenge Entry)

I’ve sat here, once again, attempting to think what exactly to write. As I was shoveling for 4 hours last Thursday, when Mother Nature decided to dump another load of snow, I came up with what I Recall being a great idea for today's post. If you Remember, I’ve been having this issue consistently throughout April. I tell myself to write it down each time, but then convince myself that I won’t forget. Then, low and behold, I forget.

This inability to remember things has becoming quite problematic. Most of those memories are from my childhood. I still have the ability to remember major current/Recent events just fine, but it's the little things that get lost. Did I lock the door? Did I put the gas cap back on? Did I already take my vitamin today?

When I can’t accurately recall these things it starts to drive me mad, because they are simple. Why would I forget them? Especially when they are within daily Routines.

My gaps in memory from my childhood make more sense to me. A lot of people don’t remember things from so far back. Other memories are gone, possibly buried due to trauma. This is just a guess, but it seems viable. I am actively exploring that possibility, in attempts to unlock some of these.

The 6th Day

When I think about memories, I wonder about some older topics people discussed dealing with cloning. Would said individual turn out the exact same? Would they be soulless?

I always believed that it would be impossible for any clone to turn out exactly the same as another due to the difference of experiences. They would look like a twin, but possibly act/think completely different. I guess I feel like experiences completely make us who we are. A clone would be lacking all of that.

It makes me curious about how cloning would work. Like a computer with an empty hard-drive you could upload whatever information you wanted; imprint them (memories) on said clone.

Then I think about amnesia, and how it is said those individuals act nothing like themselves, which makes complete sense; they don’t know who they are, how to “normally” act. These types of disorders — though, I believe the legitimacy is questioned by some —  intrigue me greatly. Cause I would then ask are our “souls” nothing more than memories? Without them, are we just blank slates?

I don’t believe that, but it makes me think. I believe this is why I really like the movie The 6th Day. Instead of attempting to explain this movie I will post a trailer below. Not many people talked about the movie, but I loved it and the concepts within. Essentially it touches on  the very topics of cloning/souls/memory.


What are your thoughts on cloning? Do you believe they would have souls (Do you believe in the “soul”)? Have you ever seen The 6th Day? As aging, have you already noticed your ability to remember things begin to fade?

19 comments:

  1. I believe in the soul and soulmates. As you know my memory is horrible. I see it fade as I age. I try and focus on the good memories and let the bad ones wash over me like a wave in the surf. I forget all kinds of things as time goes by. I second guess myself all the time. It is very painful some days.

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  2. I've gotten to the point where I check if I've turned the oven off half a dozen times, just incase I simply THOUGHT I'd checked rather than actually checking. Come to think of it, my problem might have more to do with neurosis than memory.

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    1. Oh yeah, the stove! I am surprised I didn't list that. It's a major one for me too.

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  3. I love this post! I often think about things like this, though it is usually more centered around amnesia than cloning. I think losing all of my memories would be far worse than losing my sight, or my hearing, or even a limb or two. I wouldn't be me anymore! I have never connected memories with the soul, so I find that interesting. I do believe our memories are what makes us who we are, but only because it is through our life experiences that we have learned. It is what we have learned that shapes us. And, since who we are depends on what we've learned, then maybe we sort of are a clean slate. I do, however, think we are born with certain predispositions and personality traits based on our genetics. I do often think of my brain as a hard drive. I know everything I have learned is in there, I just have to remember which folder I saved it in. :)

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    1. Yeah, I've never thought about the loss of memory over one of our main senses. The soul question revolving around it fascinates me. It wouldn't necessarily mean no memory = souls not existing as it would be separate. If souls exist and we have had them through our lifetimes our memories are already kind of "blocked" if you know what I mean.

      Though, when people have amnesia act completely different it makes you wonder why at a soul level they just wouldn't revert to some sort of pre-indoctrinated self?

      Like I said, I like it all and it is fun (and frustrating) to think about!

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  4. I believe in souls, even aside from memories. I was with both of my parents when they died, and even before my mom took her last breath, something was gone. Sounds weird, but it's what I felt.

    I guess I have just always thought clones would have souls, too. I mean, life is created for them at some point, right? I think they would be no more different or simliar than the 'original' than a twin. But who knows, I understand nothing about science :)

    And my memory is for crap now!

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    1. There are some that posit that clones would have souls at the conception process when created, regardless of the process. Another interesting thing to ponder :)

      It is because you are SO old! I will guess your age soonish lol

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  5. Hello! When I think of cloning I think of the hilarious movie Multiplicity. Haven't seen it?? Rent it!

    I do believe we have souls, but I have no idea how that would work with cloning. Something to think about.

    Happy A to Z-ing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

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    1. I've heard of it, and maybe seen it way back... I know it has... that guy... played batman lol Micheal Keaton? Yes. May have to check it out again.

      Thanks for stopping by! I will try to check out your blog as soon as I can :)

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  6. My memory is shot. I especially have trouble with people's names. Just today in church I was trying to remember the name of someone sitting nearby. I know where he lives, I can picture every person in his family, I coached track with him, and worked on some PTO things with him. Five hours later, I still don't remember his name. It drives me bananas.

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    1. I could see that being maddening too. Thankfully, I am pretty decent with names and faces especially.

      You saying bananas made me think of that Gwen Stefani song >.< ACK lol

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  7. My memory has never been the best. Well that's not true... I have an amazing long term memory, it's just short term stuff I've always struggled with.

    As far as clones and souls and whatnot... It's hard for me to say. Part of me really wants to believe in the idea of a soul and afterlife and all that. But really? I struggle to really truly believe in it.

    Mostly cloning tends to happen where something starts out as a baby... meaning, they will grow up with their own ideas and experiences. It's more like having a twin than an identical carbon copy. So of course there will be differences in not only experiences, but also appearance (some part of our appearance comes from exposure to elements like sunlight in the case of freckles, etc). I'm not sure I make complete sense here... My brain is fried.

    -Kristen
    www.kristenduvall.com

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    1. Yeah I believe that a clone would more or less look like an individual, but could be completely different in actions/thoughts/etc. The experiences would be what dictated that more so. I know what you are talking about in terms of the elements, but I think it would be less of a factor than personal experiences.

      Wonder if they will ever attempt to accelerate the growth of clones ever, like I think some movies present. Wonder what that affect would have on the individual.

      I can't seem to help but to believe in the soul.

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  8. For topics like this I recommend the book/movie Never Let Me Go. I also recommend not reading about it before seeing/reading it.

    The idea of a soul doesn't really make sense to me. Mind, consciousness, fine, but I don't see why there's any reason to think a soul exists.

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    1. I will be checking out the book when I can, as we've already discussed :)

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  9. Enjoyed 6th day and agree with you, how can the person be the same without the different experiences and emotions felt.
    Interesting that people with sudden memory loss start living a completely different lifestyle, read a lot about that, our emotions and experiences condition us in way the soul wouldn't, maybe.Great post, thanks.
    #atozchallenge
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