Memory is stored outside the body
Science News Magazine February 3, 2018, “People tend to think of memories as ephemeral and deeply personal possessions – fragments of emotions, words, colors and smells stitched into our unique neural tapestries as life progresses.” One of the most entrenched explanations today places engrams (memories) directly within synapses, connections where chemical and electrical messages move between nerve cells or neurons. However, Tonegawa and his colleagues in 2015 in the Journal Science concluded that “memory was stored in something that is not related to the strength of synapses.” “The cellular machines that are required to retrieve memories are not necessarily the same machines that store memories.” Ryan, Tonegawa and Glanzman (leading scientists) think that … accumulated synapses are important for retrieving memories, but not what actually stores them … Levin and Tal Shomrat reported in 2013 in the Journal of Experimental Biology ‘The Fact of that memory somehow survived the decapitation experiments suggests that signals outside the brain may somehow store memories, even temporarily. ‘”” For now, the field has not been able to explain the memories in tangible terms. “
Hypothesis: There is a human spirit that each person inherits from their parents at birth and that stores that person’s memory.
If we look at the full Science News Magazine article cited above and the research behind the article, it is concluded that the brain is the mechanism for retrieving memories in consciousness, but not for storing them, and that memory is not only not stored in the brain , but it may not be stored in the body. So where is memory stored? This is the question I address in this article.
Look around the room you’re sitting in and then look away. Can you remember what you saw? Do you think the brief glimpse you just had likely caused your brain to physically change so rapidly that any part of your body was immediately altered to store that glimpse and all the glimpses and senses you’ve ever experienced? Do you believe in life after death? If so, wouldn’t you think that you would retain your memory when the body dies? While science does not normally deal with spiritual matters, I believe that searching for the location of memory will help us 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 and then try to use scientific methods to see if the theory can be true. I don’t think math will help us find a proof. I draw my theory from Christian Bible revelations and personal experience because it is only through personal revelation and experience that spirit can be cognitively understood and perceived.
Personal experience: While spirit cannot currently be scientifically proven, it can be felt through emotional energy. If we think about what could be detected in the human spirit, the most obvious is love. Love cannot be detected directly with the senses, but everyone knows that it exists. This also applies to hatred, anger, envy, and other emotions. Think about how your energy level increases when you experience any of these emotions. The increased energy we experience is the result of chemicals in the brain reacting as a result of the information received by the brain from the spirit. The concept is like cloud computing, where information is stored outside of the computer. Under this concept, the window to the spirit is emotion. The theory is that all memory is stored in spirit and we can detect this through emotion, a direct link between spirit and cognition.
We know of the human spirit from the Apocalypse: I propose that each of us is the result of the combination of the physical and spiritual “DNA” of our parents. If we believe in God, we are told that men and women were created in the image of God. (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 reproduce as well. The man’s sperm impregnates the woman’s ovum and another human being is formed. That human being is “begotten” by two humans and has his own physical body and also, according to my theory, a human spirit from his mother and father. I propose that the human spirits of the mother and father unite to form the human spirit of their baby. I propose that each of us is the result of the combination of the physical and spiritual “DNA” of our parents. This human spirit feeds his conscience and has free will to seek God or to walk away.
Furthermore, I propose that the human spirit is the spiritual egg of a spiritual person. From a human spiritual perspective, we are all women. If a person seeks God, God imbues his human spirit with the Holy Spirit to form a spiritual person, just as the father’s sperm impregnates the mother’s egg to form a physical person. According to this theory, the two spirits (that of God and that of the individual) become a spiritual embryo and are finally born as a spiritual person, a child of God at the time of the physical death of a person. If you remember the story of the Virgin Mary, we see that this is described, in part, at the birth of Jesus.
Luke 1:35 (NASB)
35 And the angel said to him: The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore, the child to be born will be holy; he will be called the Son of God.
Jesus only had half a human spirit because Mary was a virgin. She had to be a virgin according to this theory. Human spirits are only the result of the union of human parents. Jesus, therefore, had half a human spirit of Mary and the full Spirit of God within his miraculously conceived human body. He was tempted and felt pain by showing half of Mary, yet he overcame his human desires because of the Holy Spirit of God. He had a holy physical and spiritual body while he was alive on earth. The Apostles saw His spirit body during His transfiguration. When he was crucified, his physical body passed away and his spiritual body remained. He is the first Son of God.
According to this theory, the spiritual person is born after the physical death of the physical person. We are literally born again in the spirit as children of God. With all the memories we gathered while we were physically alive. This would be you with all your memories, skills and abilities but in a recognizable spiritual body. As Paul says in Romans 8, verse 23, now we only have the firstfruits of the Spirit and we are awaiting our full adoption / birth as children of God. These first fruits include all of our memory. This turns us into spiritual embryos throughout our physical life and the earth in the womb of God. The human spirit has a choice to love God or to walk away. If the option is to love God, then the Holy Spirit comes upon us as He did Mary and creates a spiritual embryo by uniting our human spirit and the Holy Spirit. In this way, God creates a truly loving spiritual family made up of “children of God” who truly love him. And Jesus is the first fruit, then we will be like him. This is what Paul has to say:
1 Corinthians 15: 42-46 (NASB)
42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body;
43 It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power;
44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.
45 So it is also written: “The first MAN, Adam, BECAME A LIVING SOUL.” (Human spirit) The last Adam (Jesus Christ) became a life-giving spirit. (Holy Spirit)
46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual.
Romans 8: 14-17 (NASB)
14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God, these are children of God.
15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out: “Abba! Father!”
16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God,
17 and if children, also heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.
We will be born again as children of God.
Our spirit in the above quote is our human spirit that contains the seat of our memory throughout our life before and after our death. Memories are retrieved by the brain.