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  •  They just can't remember. (4+ / 0-)

    Short term memory deficit is much more pervasive than we realize--in part because we dismiss those who suffer from it as liars and pay them no attention.  It only becomes apparent when one realized that the stories they tell undermine their own interests.  So, there's no protective value.

    We now realize that as people get older and are even less self-sufficient in terms of meeting their day-to-day requirements, they have memory deficits and we call it Alzheimers or developing dementia.  But, if we paid real close attention all the time, we'd notice that these people have long-term deficits which mostly manifest by a poor sense of time, direction and the comprehension of cause and effect.
    Many can't tell the difference between coincidence and causality, mainly because they can't remember the sequence of events.

    by hannah on Wed Jul 27, 2011 at 09:13:04 AM PDT

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