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Memory. Our best friend. Our worst enemy.

No matter how hard we try to remember, or how hard we try to forget, it always turns out the mind has a mind of its own. From false eyewitness testimony to losing a wallet, from unforgettable trauma to Alzheimer’s disease, the shortcomings of memory are painfully obvious. And even the memories we do keep are often tainted by time, by nostalgia.

A new book by Daniel Schacter outlines the Seven Sins of Memory, the ways our memory lets us down, and the reasons why forgetting is as essential to existence as remembering.
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Daniel Schacter, author of “The Seven Sins of Memory: How the Mind Forgets and Remembers”