Science News Magazine February 3, 2018, “People tend to think of memories as deeply personal, ephemeral possessions-snippets of emotions, words, colors and smells stitched into our unique neural tapestries as life goes on.” One of today’s most entrenched explanations puts engrams (memories) squarely within the synapses, connections where chemical and electrical messages move between nerve cells, or neurons. However, Tonegawa and colleagues in 2015 in the Journal Science concluded that “The memory was stored in something that isn’t related to the strength of the synapses.” “The cellular machines that are required for calling up memories are not necessarily the same machines that store memories.” Ryan, Tonegawa, and Glanzman (Noted scientists) all think that… bulked-up synapses, are important for retrieving memories, but not the thing that actually stores them… Levin and Tal Shomrat reported in 2013 in the Journal of Experimental Biology ‘The fact that memory somehow survived decapitation experiments hints that signals outside of the brain may somehow store memories, even if temporarily’.” “For now, the field hasn’t been able to explain memories in tangible terms.”
Hypothesis: There is a human spirit that each person inherits from their parents at birth that stores that person’s memory.
If we look at the complete article from Science News Magazine quoted above and the research behind the article, one concludes that the brain is the mechanism to retrieve memories into consciousness, but not to store them, and that memory is not only not stored in the brain, but perhaps it is not stored in the body. So where is memory Synapse xt stored? This is the question I address in this article.
Look around the room you are sitting in then look away. Can you remember what you saw? Do you believe that it is likely that the brief glimpse you just took has caused the brain to physically change that quickly, that any part of your body has immediately altered to store that glimpse and all the glimpses and senses you have experienced in your life? Do you believe in life-after-death? If so, wouldn’t you think you would retain your memory when the body passes away? While science does not normally address spiritual issues, I believe that the search for the location of memory will help us to understand the nature of the human spirit and more than that.
Theory: To discuss the human spirit one must look beyond science for the theory then try to use scientific methods to see if the theory may be true. I don’t believe mathematics will help us find a proof. I draw my theory from revelations from the Christian Bible and personal experience because it is only through revelation and personal experience that the spirit can be understood and cognitively sensed.
Personal Experience: While the spirit cannot currently be scientifically proven it can be sensed through emotional energy. If we think about what might be detected from the human spirit the most obvious one is love. Love cannot be directly detected from the senses yet everyone knows that it exists. This is also true of hate, anger, envy, and other emotions. Think of how your energy level rises when you experience any of these emotions. The energy rise that we experience results from chemicals in the brain that are reacting as a result of information received by the brain from the spirit. The concept is like cloud computing where the information is stored outside the computer. Under this concept, the window on the spirit is emotion. The theory is that all memory is stored in the spirit and we can detect this through emotion, a direct link between the spirit and cognition.
We Know of the Human Spirit from Revelation: I propose that each of us is the result of the combining of the physical and spiritual “DNA” of our parents. If we believe in God, we are told that men and women are created in God’s image. (We have a spirit and a physical form like Jesus). However, we not only resemble Him, but God has created us so that we can also reproduce. The man’s sperm impregnates the woman’s egg and another human being is formed. That human being is “begotten” by two humans and has its own physical body and, in addition according to my theory, a human spirit from its mother and father. I propose that the human spirits of the mother and father join to form the human spirit of their baby. I propose that each of us is the result of the combining of the physical and spiritual “DNA” of our parents. This human spirit feeds your consciousness and has the free will to seek God or turn away.