Two Old Codgers

How the World strikes us

'Finking' 'Foughts'
One of the benefits of the pandemic is having time to think.

According to one website
"The average person has more than 6,000
Swirling thoughts
thoughts in a single day". Just imagine all those unbidden ideas swirling round in your poor old head at the rate of about 6 or 7 every minute during your waking hours.

Just what are these thoughts? Most of them you won't be able to recall, flitting in and out like swallows on a summer day. The ones that really get me are the totally unbidden memories that flash into my mind. Not outstanding moments in my life but things so slight you wonder why they should still be lodged in your memory banks.

Only this morning this image came into my mind. It is the temple at
Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat in Cambodia. I have never been there but it is firmly lodged in my memory from reading about it when I was a child. My choice of a book for Christmas was always an encyclopaedia. I must only have been eight or ten when I got Arthur
Arthur Mee
Mee's Childrens Encylopedia. I can remember the blue covers and the shiny pages, they were my all time favourite books. Why Angkor Vat should have stuck in my mind I have no idea but it's in there good and hard. My choice of reading is all the more remarkable when I compare it with my academic prowess which was nothing short of abysmal.

The computer on my desk holds about one and a half million files - images, emails, letters, applications plus hordes of little bits that make the whole thing work. However, I reckon the computer in my head makes it
I love my computer
look like a primitive pocket calculator. As well as all the software that makes everything work, breathing, walking, talking, seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, feeling; there is all the other stuff. People, places, things and memories that make up my mental database.

It's when you start looking at the memory banks that it gets beyond imagination
. We probably don't realise it but everything goes in, that's why we recognise things and people. We see someone in the supermarket and are instantly aware we have, or have not, seen them before. It may just be the woman on the check out, you know nothing at all about her but you know she has served you before.

How many people do you know? Probably 40 or so 'Friends' and 600 or more people about who you know something. There are probably many,
many more whose faces would be familiar. Seven or eight of our regulars 'bloggers' will recognise this person and memories will come flooding back. For others the database will draw a blank.

A small digression, When I was twenty I moved from Lancashire to Taunton in Somerset. For several weeks the thing that struck me as I walked to work was the lack of familiar faces, I simply didn't recognise anyone. After a very short time I saw certain faces each time I went into town and I began to feel 'At Home'.

When it comes to things and places it is even more remarkable. If you are a driver, how many locations could you go to without resorting to the car's built it SatNav? Probably hundreds, if not more.

But back to images in your memory. Is this how it works? You see someone or something and that image is compared with
everything in your database. Possibly the recall is initially generic. You have never before seen the thing on a friends mantle piece but you know it is a clock; the four legged creature in the distance is an animal. (Bill: it could be a table!)

Now, before we close, let's just cause an upset.
Is the difference between a very intelligent person and a well educated person
the fact that one can work things out and the other can remember things?

Bill with words

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