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Watani Al-Masry published an article by Yousra Mostafa in which he addressed how the phenomenon of forgetting is not always a negative process, but rather can be a necessary organic process. We show from the article the following.

If the general concept of forgetting is considered the antithesis of remembering, then forgetting, according to scientific theories, is an important part of the memory system in general. Functional forgetting relates to the different stages of memory, i.e. the acquisition, memorization or storage of information, and then retrieval. We can forget because we do not receive information well, for example due to a lack or absence of attention or attention. Memorizing certain information or events and getting rid of others, and because we do not know the path of memory, forgetting does not appear to us except when we try to retrieve or retrieve information, but we cannot. And if forgetting bothers us because we want to remember, we must not forget that there are memories that bother us, and we hope that they will be enveloped by oblivion.

In describing the phenomenon of forgetting, says d. Muhammad Qassem Abdullah (The Psychology of Memory) There are two types of forgetting that psychologists focus on, firstly: fading or passive fading, which is related to short-term memory, since the material has not been centrally and directly handled by attention; Second: Effective interference that operates for longer periods of time and is linked to long-term memory, where forgetting occurs as a result of overlapping information that occurred before or after the target information. It should be noted here that the momentum of fast, short and unconnected information in the age of information technology has made forgetting a common phenomenon.

Forgetting is usually considered a negative phenomenon that contradicts the activity of remembering as a positive phenomenon, which means a partial or total disruption of mental capacity, due to psychological or organic causes, aging, or due to the accelerated pace of life , and the increasing reliance on electronic recording and storage. We use expressions like “amnesia” as a pathological connotation and “my memory has betrayed me” as an incident, and thus forgetting appears as a chronic deficit or temporary paralysis in the mental and psychological ability to recall information and events . Therefore, some, perhaps functionally correct, try to avoid and treat symptoms of forgetfulness through training in remembering and processing of forgetting. Perhaps the word “study” is significant in this context, as if the act of learning is essentially a training in memory through attention, memorization and storage of information.

On the other hand, as stated in the Journal of World Culture (issue 130 May 2005), scholars and specialists have been interested in studying the phenomenon of forgetting not as a “negative” process, but rather as a necessary organic process. means a better and more comprehensive understanding of the functional performance of memory. In this context, a faction of scientists believe that forgetting is not a deficiency, but rather a necessary process in the memory system, and some neurobiologists have concluded that there is an organic substance PPI enzyme, called the “forgetting molecule” whose mission is to erase information from memory to prevent it from filling the brain, such as Eric Kendall of Columbia University in New York, who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2000 for his research in the field of memory, see that the discovery of the “forgetting molecule” is in itself a giant step forward that proves to us what many did not realize before: that forgetting is not only a normal and expected phenomenon. Due to aging, but it is an active, accurate and disciplined biological process, which makes us reconsider some of the small gaps that affect our memory, when the loss of keys sometimes disturbs us, and the loss of glasses at other times. Researcher Isabel Mansoy says that when the organic forgetting molecule erases some memories during an intense learning state, it protects our memory circuits from the risk of overcrowding and saturation. , and which does not fit at all.

There is now growing interest in the relationship between human memory and electronic memory. There is no doubt that the infosphere or the information envelope and information technology has emerged as a competitor and a major player in the field of recording, archiving, storage and processing of data and information. However, we may need to pay attention to two basic issues, first: From the perspective of memory, these technical processes lack the vital dimension that characterizes human memory; Second: From the perspective of forgetting, these technical processes, in addition to the accelerated rate of data and information flow, rob human memory of its vitality, depriving it of its natural benefit, by displacing, depending on and stimulating short-term memory, which is a great capacity, but is limited, can receive a large amount of information that is quickly disposed of. Therefore, the electronic memory, which has become a non-essential and uncontrollable extension of our vital memory, may help us to record, archive and store, but it deprives us of the vitality of memory, and more than that of our right to privacy and forgetting It remains there even if it has disappeared from our living memory, and this issue can have psychological and social consequences.

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