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All Things Remembered

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Imagine you could remember every action and event in your life. For example, you could remember that on June 15th, 1992, you ate a hamburger with extra cheese and onions for dinner, and you also watched a rerun on TV. For Brad Williams, this is a fact of life, as he can remember everything with perfect clarity.

There have been some other people with similar abilities. However, they could only remember numbers, or maybe remember poems and parts of books. Brad Williams is different because he remembers information directly from his past.

"I've always been this way," he said. In fact, as a child, he thought everyone had the same ability. One expert believes Williams may have one of the best memories in the world. The doctor is studying Williams because he wants to understand how memory works.

Another woman with the same skill has also joined the research. She calls her perfect memory a terrible problem, though. All of the memories are exhausting.

Both Williams and the woman remember interesting information. As a result, some researchers think numerous other people might have perfect memories. More importantly, other people will be able to develop perfect memories too.


Preview some of the lesson material:

Do you agree or disagree? Why?

  1. I have an excellent memory.
  2. I would want to remember every detail of my life.
  3. Names, dates, and details are always very important to remember.
  4. The brain and how it works will never be completely understood.
  5. Someday everyone will be able to perfectly remember all kinds of information.

Questions: Answer the questions to check comprehension.

  1. What is Brad Williams's ability?
  2. How is his ability different than other examples of memory?
  3. What did he think about his ability when he was a child?
  4. How does the woman with a similar skill feel?
  5. What do some researchers believe about the ability?

post-Comprehension: Talk about the following questions in pairs/groups. Remember to support your answers!

  1. How good is your memory?
  2. Would you want to have a better memory? Why/not?
  3. Would you want to have the same ability as Brad Williams? Why/not?
  4. What is your clearest memory from at least ten years ago? Please explain.
  5. How likely is it that everyone will be the same as Brad Williams one day?

Google Search: Type "Internet addiction" into Google. Look at the websites, and/or read additional articles on this topic. Discuss or write an essay about your findings.


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