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Forgetfulness

See also Carelessness.
Absent-Minded Beggar, The
ballad of forgetful soldiers who fought in the Boer War. [Br. Lit.: “The Absent-Minded Beg-gars” in Payton, 3]
absent-minded professor
personification of one too contemplative to execute practical tasks. [Pop. Culture: Misc.]
jujube
causes loss of memory and desire to return home. [Classical Myth.: Leach, 561–562]
Lethe
river of Hades which induced forgetfulness. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 687; Br. Lit.: Paradise Lost; Rom. Lit.: Aeneid]
limbo
place or condition of neglect and inattention (from Dante). [Western Folklore: Espy, 124]
Lotophagi
African people, eaters of an amnesia-inducing fruit. [Gk. Lit.: Odyssey; Br. Lit.: “The Lotus-Eaters” in Norton, 733–736]
Madison, Percival Wemys
character who no longer remembers his name. [Br. Lit.: Lord of the Flies]
soma
drug that induces forgetfulness. [Br. Lit.: Brave New World]
Winkle, Rip Van
awakening from 20 years’ sleep, forgets how things have changed. [Am. Lit.: Sketch Book, Payton, 574]
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Learning something new requires forgetting something old-and that is hard for organizations that remember too much.
"A moderate level of brain activity is critical to this forgetting mechanism.
Their findings not only confirmed that humans have the ability to control what they forget, but that successful intentional forgetting required "moderate levels" of brain activity in these sensory and perceptual areas -- more activity than what was required to remember.
But the same process that leads to this brief inconvenience also leads to the forgetting of irrelevant thoughts - a process we need.
While the document still exists, you don't have a good way of getting to it, and today many memory researchers don't even use the word "forgetting".
These results show that intentional forgetting isn't a passive process--the brain has to actively work to wipe out a memory on purpose.
Using the directed forgetting method, several authors were able to show a compromised retrieval inhibition in subjects with AD.
Forgetting valuable Information, techniques, and knowledge in an organization can lead to competitive advantage lose; however it's an essential process in change management.
But if my memory fails me in the compilation of the list, will I ever remember what I've forgotten that was supposed to stop me forgetting the thing I forgot in the first place?
Whitehead concludes that forgetting has become "a crucial if not essential element in the future tra-jectory and direction of 'memory' studies." (4) She bases her argument for this mode of forgetting on Paul Ricoeur's concept of an "oubli de reserve," which he defines as "le caractere inapergu de la perseverance du souvenir, sa soustraction a la vigilance de la conscience." (5) In his analysis, based on his reading of Heidegger, he argues that whether forgetting functions as destruction or preservation can be determined by the "meaning attached to the idea of the past." He explains that if the past is considered as "being-no-longer," as expired, then forgetting destroys our memories of the past.
As its title indicates, this collection recognizes a related and growing interest in forgetting, a process with its own cultural roles, iconography, and material history.
As the book's title suggests, however, Sullivan offers an in-depth examination of memory and forgetting in the English Renaissance drama of Shakespeare, Marlowe, and Webster.