jack_arcalon


the Simple Immortality Plan

An anthropic philosopher in a race against time.


The half-life of nostalgia
jack_arcalon
Sometimes the old gets old. Long ago doesn't seem that long ago anymore.
It's when an old memory becomes 'worn out' and no longer seems remote. It becomes merely another fact.
The phenomenon could be called ultra-longterm memory, but it happens at many scales, from a few days, to a few years, to a decade, to many decades.
In fact the start of a movie can seem incredibly remote by the end of the movie, but not by the next day.
The handful of nineteenth century memories that remain as of this writing were worn out over half a century ago.

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