Day #410:The riddle of experience vs. memory

The past is not just a place we go to when we feel starved of the memory of an experience we had that means something to us,it is where we live.We like the past because it reminds us of something we wish we could have every time. More important is how we remember the experience.

In this Ted talk by Nobel prize winning Behavioral economist Daniel Kahneman, he talks about an experiment in which patients who were exposed to a longer duration of pain but with lesser intensity towards the end of the procedure preferred that to shorter but more intense painful experience. The distinction he notes is not necessarily about the experience but how we remember an experience.
If you couldn’t take pictures of a vacation while you were there and all the memory we have of the vacation is wiped out after the vacation, how will this affect your experience during this vacation?

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