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Description: As you are very likely aware there has been a LOT of research om human memory (how it works, what improves it or messes it up etc. etc.) but what about memory of certain humans? What sorts of factors or characteristics or deeds (good, bad or otherwise) make it more likely someone will be remembered in 1000 years? Think about it, what makes it more likely someone will be part of many peoples “memories” 1000 years after they are gone? Once you have a few hypotheses in mind read the article linked below to see if any of your ideas made the list.

Source: Who will be remembered in 1000 years? Zaria Gorvett, BBC, Future Now, Psychology.

Date: December 21, 2017

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Were you surprised by any of the really well known (back then) people who were NOT in your memory?  Or were you surprised at how many people specifically worked at doing things that might get them remembered? Did you think of the “found a religion” approach? That certainly gets you talked about generation after generation. All of the “hints for memorial longevity” in the article gets me thinking about Jung’s concept of the collective unconscious and the idea that some concepts, fears, urges and maybe some people are part of the cultural, historical “memories” we all seem to carry about with us. Recognizing that the roots of such things could be genetic, social and or cultural helps to see the complexity of human memory.

Questions for Discussion:

  1. How are people from many many years ago “remembered” in human memory?
  2. What is the relationship between individua human memory and collective human “memory”?
  3. Who would you bet on as being “remembered” in 1000 from today and why?

References (Read Further):

Gilbert, D. T., & Wilson, T. D. (2007). Prospection: Experiencing the future. Science, 317(5843), 1351-1354.

Bid, S. (2016). Case Study Internal Branding of Human Resources Using the Expectation Gap Analysis. International Journal of Academic Research & Development JAR&D, 87.

Lull, R. B., Gibson, B., Cruz, C., & Bushman, B. J. (2016). Killing Characters in Video Games Kills Memory for In-Game Ads.