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The blackness before your earliest memories

 
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The blackness before your earliest memories
If I think back to my earliest possible memories, I can recall a few things such as being with my parents or looking up at my grandfather and such. You know, the typical stuff. The earliest one is of my mother walking past my bedroom as I'm standing there as a small toddler. But if I push back before that, it's just blackness and nothing. You say "well no shit!" But it's weird because its almost a memory in and of itself. I can recall the blackness, the nothingness, the self-awareness without language or sounds or sights or a presence of being. It's just that I was somewhere or nowhere and I just was. Then the vague, distant memories begin to fall into place. What does that mean? Probably jack and shit, and jack is on vacation. It's probably just my brain trying to fill in the "before" or maybe it's a brief memory of being asleep as a baby or something easily explained.

What are your earliest memories? What do you see in your mind when you push back farther than your earliest memories?
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Pushing back farther than my earliest memory doesn't feel or show me shit.


My earliest memory is a playing with a wrapped present at Christmas time... I was maybe a year and a half. I remember the view from my perspective and looking at the dress I was wearing... basically wondering WTF it was.

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I agree completely. I used to think this is my memory of inside the womb, and I used to tell people it was just that. But I think it may be more than that now that I know you don't retain many recallable memories until you are about 5 years old. I am glad that someone shares this same odd memory, I have always thought it was my overactive little kid imagination.
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I agree completely. I used to think this is my memory of inside the womb, and I used to tell people it was just that. But I think it may be more than that now that I know you don't retain many recallable memories until you are about 5 years old. I am glad that someone shares this same odd memory, I have always thought it was my overactive little kid imagination.
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Perhaps, but I assure you I have memories of younger than 5 years old. And I would assume the memories of, say, a 6 year old would be quite vivid of what he had been doing just a few months prior.
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I didn't think what I was, I just was, sitting in a rocking chair, I would not walk until my sister was born so I was 14 mos old. What I was, stubborn.
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Sure 9 months of darkness makes you go hmmm...
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I agree completely. I used to think this is my memory of inside the womb, and I used to tell people it was just that. But I think it may be more than that now that I know you don't retain many recallable memories until you are about 5 years old. I am glad that someone shares this same odd memory, I have always thought it was my overactive little kid imagination.
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Perhaps, but I assure you I have memories of younger than 5 years old. And I would assume the memories of, say, a 6 year old would be quite vivid of what he had been doing just a few months prior.
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[link to children.webmd.com]

"The researchers found that children between the ages of 4 and 7 during the first interview showed very little overlap between the memories they recalled as “first memories” during the first question session and those they remembered two years later.

“Even when we repeated what they had told us two years before, many of the younger children would tell us that it didn’t happen to them,” Peterson says."
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I have a shitty memory and all my memories as a child are just foggy dreams and images at best. Anything much earlier than 5 years old is just a blur. For instance, as a kid I was pretty sick with a few minor surgeries and multiple visits to the doc; the only memory of any merit during that time is an image of sitting in a hospital bed looking over at the young boy in another bed in the same room.
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[link to children.webmd.com]

"The researchers found that children between the ages of 4 and 7 during the first interview showed very little overlap between the memories they recalled as “first memories” during the first question session and those they remembered two years later.

“Even when we repeated what they had told us two years before, many of the younger children would tell us that it didn’t happen to them,” Peterson says."
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There's a difference between attempting to measure memory and being unable to measure it due to the subject's lack of attention span, introspection, and due to the various cues that can elicit memories.
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[link to children.webmd.com]

"The researchers found that children between the ages of 4 and 7 during the first interview showed very little overlap between the memories they recalled as “first memories” during the first question session and those they remembered two years later.

“Even when we repeated what they had told us two years before, many of the younger children would tell us that it didn’t happen to them,” Peterson says."
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There's a difference between attempting to measure memory and being unable to measure it due to the subject's lack of attention span, introspection, and due to the various cues that can elicit memories.
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Read the talks from Nisargadatta Maharaj... he speaks of this
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