On Forgetting Important Bits of Information

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On Forgetting Important Bits of Information

Postby Jorpho » Sat Apr 13, 2019 3:09 pm UTC

I was weary after exercising at the gym last night and was alarmed to find that I could not open my locker. I've probably had the same combination lock for nine years now and have probably opened it hundreds of times, but the combination was simply lost to me. Fortunately, as you may have heard, these things quickly succumb to a bit of prying with the right wrenches – and fortunately someone with wrenches was on hand. (Yes, it was the right locker.)

When I got home, I realized that I had the first and last numbers right, but got hung up thinking the middle number was a sixteen instead of a six. It didn't feel like that would have occurred to me if I had kept on struggling with the lock.

This is not something that's happened to me before, even on other weary nights at the gym. It's quite distressing. Is something like this normal – just another one of those weird little memory phenomena that happens to everyone and that psychologists occasionally ponder? Or a sign of getting older, and something that's just going to get progressively worse as time goes by?

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Re: On Forgetting Important Bits of Information

Postby Zohar » Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:04 pm UTC

Keep an eye on it, might just be a sign of getting older. Did you start any new medication that might impact your brain functions?
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Re: On Forgetting Important Bits of Information

Postby Flumble » Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:34 pm UTC

I once completely forgot my debit card's PIN. I wasn't tired, in bad shape or old, but I had slowly outsourced the combination to my subconscious/muscle memory and then suddenly the muscle memory drew a blank. (Later, I did remember but the card was blocked already.)
Since I was 20 at the time, I really hope that's not a sign of getting older or of brain problems. :oops:

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Re: On Forgetting Important Bits of Information

Postby Jorpho » Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:28 am UTC

Zohar wrote:Did you start any new medication that might impact your brain functions?
Good call – but nothing I can think of. (Hmm.)

Flumble wrote:I once completely forgot my debit card's PIN. I wasn't tired, in bad shape or old, but I had slowly outsourced the combination to my subconscious/muscle memory and then suddenly the muscle memory drew a blank. (Later, I did remember but the card was blocked already.)
Since I was 20 at the time, I really hope that's not a sign of getting older or of brain problems. :oops:
Yes, exactly – I knew when I was trying the combination that it somehow didn't feel right, but I just couldn't access anything that would tell me what I should do instead.

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Re: On Forgetting Important Bits of Information

Postby Soupspoon » Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:17 pm UTC

Between one term and another at Uni I forgot my unix login (not a simple word, but not a simple number either - and one that I had changed a few days before departing, so my own fault that I may have only used it in anger a score or so times), went to get it changed, went back to a machine to login with the temp one and immediately remembered the now invalid login.

(I still remember that one exactly today, though I never used it (straight) for anything else since, memory is a funny thing. I still remember a now useless phone number from thirtyish years ago, but have to strain to remember my own mobile's current one, though of course I never dial that myself. I can give many other examples of disproportionately remembered things, that are far less used than things I ought to remember much more reliably, but it's probably not worth expounding..)

You get triggered by qualia, usually a good cue if you're doing something you've done before, but can also be inhibited by qualia. Something strange about your regular process of accessing your locker may have been distracted by a destructively novel counterpoint (seeing someone's bright red towel, perhaps, if that was a rare thing in that locker-room) that somewhat shuffled the room(s) in your particular mind-palace/hovel.

This process apparently gets tapped into by (some?) stage/therapeutic hypnotists to suggest the removal of something (one's own name, the desire to smoke) from your nature. Obviously you can 'trip up' over that process yourself (usually not so reinforced as to need professional 'unlocking', but I imagine it happens) by random-stumbling through life's various experiences. It's probably luck (or not) if you get a brief hit of it.

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Re: On Forgetting Important Bits of Information

Postby somitomi » Sun Apr 14, 2019 4:26 pm UTC

I sure hope it's not a sign of old age, because I once forgot the PIN for my cellphone during my teenage years. Used up all my tries and had to locate the PUK when I got home in the end.
(When this happened I regularly turned my phone off when I left it in a locker or similar place)
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Re: On Forgetting Important Bits of Information

Postby teelo » Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:14 am UTC

somitomi wrote:I sure hope it's not a sign of old age, because I once forgot the PIN for my cellphone during my teenage years. Used up all my tries and had to locate the PUK when I got home in the end.
(When this happened I regularly turned my phone off when I left it in a locker or similar place)

Ahhhh PUK codes, good times.

I once drew a blank on my ISP login details (back in the days when I had to watch my data cap like a hawk). I was quite furious when they just read my password aloud to me over the phone. Had no idea they were so relaxed on security.


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