Given any date in the last 25 years, a woman known as AJ can recall the day of the week, the weather, personal details, and major news events that occurred on that date.
The scientists at the University of California, Irvine, call her the human calendar. She contacted them six years ago. Since then, they’ve put her through exhaustive interviews and psychological tests, but still don’t understand how she does it.
There have been savants who have narrow perfect memories, pertaining to music or a particular hobby, for example. But AJ’s memories are broad in scope, and she seems to be normal otherwise: early 40s, college graduate with average IQ, has held a job and gotten married.
So how does AJ’s brain store so much information, even when she’s not trying.
What if Brains Aren’t Memory Storage Devices?
In the UK in the 1970s, the University of Sheffield’s campus doctor was treating a math student for a minor ailment when he noticed the student had a larger than normal head. The doctor asked neurology professor Dr. John Lorber to take a look.
Dr. Lorber ran a CAT-scan and discovered that the student (a male math major, 126 IQ, went on to graduate with honors…) had virtually no brain. He had less than a millimeter of tissue at the top of his spinal column. The condition is called hydrocephalus, and it’s usually fatal in the first months after birth when the cranium fills with fluid. The fluid doesn’t leave room for the brain to develop.
Professor Lorber went on to locate several hundred people with similar conditions, some with “no detectable brain.” No brain, but they had memories and functioned normally…
If Not the Brain, Where Are Memories Stored?
The Akashic records, the Book of Life, the Cosmic Mind, and Carl Jung’s Collective Unconscious all refer to some sort of universal memory storage that records all events and responses concerning Consciousness in all realities. Some say that we experience memories when our conscious minds access the Akashic records.
|Many NDE experiencers say that before we come to earth, in order to learn, we promise to forget that the world is really an illusion. Part of the brain’s function is to block our consciousness from freely accessing the Akashic records while we’re here.|
If this is true, then sometimes the brain fails. And when that happens, people like AJ can remember practically anything.
“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” ~Albert Einstein
[tags]memory, brain, autism, hydrocephalus, John Lorber, Akashic records, Jung, collective unconscious[/tags]