DOCS: The Boy Who Can’t Forget

Align:start [Music] 15th of August 1996 okay the very first 15th of August 1996 okay the very first 15th of August 1996 okay the very first thing I see is this furry banana which I thing I see is this furry banana which I thing I see is this furry banana which I bought on holiday with my family bought on holiday with my family bought on holiday with my family 20 year old aurelion is remembering a 20 year old aurelion is remembering a 20 year old aurelion is remembering a specific day when he was just 4 years specific day when he was just 4 years specific day when he was just 4 years old he claims to have a power that old he claims to have a power that old he claims to have a power that scientists didn’t believe humans could scientists didn’t believe humans could scientists didn’t believe humans could possess I’ve never met anyone who’s possess I’ve never met anyone who’s possess I’ve never met anyone who’s being able to do what I do put simply being able to do what I do put simply being able to do what I do put simply aurelion is the first British man to say aurelion is the first British man to say aurelion is the first British man to say that he doesn’t forget his past because that he doesn’t forget his past because that he doesn’t forget his past because I remember the 25th being the day where I remember the 25th being the day where I remember the 25th being the day where it snowed in the morning and I think it it snowed in the morning and I think it it snowed in the morning and I think it was the day that George best died 7th of was the day that George best died 7th of was the day that George best died 7th of July 2008 and it’s a Monday it just July 2008 and it’s a Monday it just July 2008 and it’s a Monday it just seems like there’s just no gaps at all I seems like there’s just no gaps at all I seems like there’s just no gaps at all I can just see it all around the world can just see it all around the world can just see it all around the world other people have come forward some other people have come forward some other people have come forward some claim to remember every day of their claim to remember every day of their claim to remember every day of their life Bing Bing Bing Bing life Bing Bing Bing Bing life Bing Bing Bing Bing me if you could stick a camera in my me if you could stick a camera in my me if you could stick a camera in my head then I think everybody would freak head then I think everybody would freak head then I think everybody would freak out this summer we met the people who out this summer we met the people who out this summer we met the people who say they have this unbelievable ability say they have this unbelievable ability say they have this unbelievable ability and the scientists putting them to the and the scientists putting them to the and the scientists putting them to the test test test I always claimed that actually this was I always claimed that actually this was I always claimed that actually this was not possible because normal memory does not possible because normal memory does not possible because normal memory does not work like that could the amazing not work like that could the amazing not work like that could the amazing power they claim to have possibly turn power they claim to have possibly turn power they claim to have possibly turn out to be real out to be real out to be real I can tell within you know 30 seconds to I can tell within you know 30 seconds to I can tell within you know 30 seconds to a minute if someone’s genuine or not a minute if someone’s genuine or not a minute if someone’s genuine or not number 13 1980 was a Monday I don’t know number 13 1980 was a Monday I don’t know number 13 1980 was a Monday I don’t know what’s a Monday cuz I just do sorry I what’s a Monday cuz I just do sorry I what’s a Monday cuz I just do sorry I don’t want to answer that question can don’t want to answer that question can don’t want to answer that question can you stop filming sorry you stop filming sorry you stop filming sorry [Music] [Music] [Music] aurelion is a university student we aurelion is a university student we aurelion is a university student we first filmed with him on Saturday the first filmed with him on Saturday the first filmed with him on Saturday the 19th of May skeptical about his 19th of May skeptical about his 19th of May skeptical about his unbelievable talent and curious to see unbelievable talent and curious to see unbelievable talent and curious to see how he could prove it how could you how he could prove it how could you how he could prove it how could you demonstrate for me what it is that your demonstrate for me what it is that your demonstrate for me what it is that your memory does that maybe mine doesn’t memory does that maybe mine doesn’t memory does that maybe mine doesn’t I suppose if someone said what happened I suppose if someone said what happened I suppose if someone said what happened tell me something that happened in like tell me something that happened in like tell me something that happened in like June 2008 and I I could instantly think June 2008 and I I could instantly think June 2008 and I I could instantly think of things whereas most people would not of things whereas most people would not of things whereas most people would not be even able to remember you know what be even able to remember you know what be even able to remember you know what they were doing in that year what about they were doing in that year what about they were doing in that year what about the 17th of you into them right yeah I the 17th of you into them right yeah I the 17th of you into them right yeah I can tell you that was a Tuesday and it can tell you that was a Tuesday and it can tell you that was a Tuesday and it was the first day after I finished my was the first day after I finished my was the first day after I finished my GCSE exams and my room was an absolute GCSE exams and my room was an absolute GCSE exams and my room was an absolute tip so I had to just clear it all out tip so I had to just clear it all out tip so I had to just clear it all out and I spend the whole day doing that I and I spend the whole day doing that I and I spend the whole day doing that I could tell you it was it quite a nice could tell you it was it quite a nice could tell you it was it quite a nice day we got Sonya and we went for curry day we got Sonya and we went for curry day we got Sonya and we went for curry in the evening and I remember watching in the evening and I remember watching in the evening and I remember watching the swimming with my mum and Jennifer’s the swimming with my mum and Jennifer’s the swimming with my mum and Jennifer’s got through enough for swearing on life got through enough for swearing on life got through enough for swearing on life yeah I checked the date of Joan Rivers yeah I checked the date of Joan Rivers yeah I checked the date of Joan Rivers daytime television outburst he was right daytime television outburst he was right daytime television outburst he was right it did occur on Tuesday the 17th of June it did occur on Tuesday the 17th of June it did occur on Tuesday the 17th of June 2008 aurelion said he couldn’t tell me 2008 aurelion said he couldn’t tell me 2008 aurelion said he couldn’t tell me how he did this but he let me come back how he did this but he let me come back how he did this but he let me come back and test him on more random dates and test him on more random dates and test him on more random dates [Music] [Music] [Music] 19th of September 2008 there’s a Friday 19th of September 2008 there’s a Friday 19th of September 2008 there’s a Friday I remember my dad was like selling his I remember my dad was like selling his I remember my dad was like selling his car and I was the last time that we saw car and I was the last time that we saw car and I was the last time that we saw his car before it were taken 30th of May his car before it were taken 30th of May his car before it were taken 30th of May 2007 it was a Wednesday 2007 it was a Wednesday 2007 it was a Wednesday the weather was quite good that day but the weather was quite good that day but the weather was quite good that day but which was quite unusual because it which was quite unusual because it which was quite unusual because it rained pretty much for the whole of that rained pretty much for the whole of that rained pretty much for the whole of that me when you tell me all this stuff yeah me when you tell me all this stuff yeah me when you tell me all this stuff yeah how am I supposed to know it’s right how how am I supposed to know it’s right how how am I supposed to know it’s right how am I supposed to know that you remember am I supposed to know that you remember am I supposed to know that you remember the stuff you claim it’s true but how do the stuff you claim it’s true but how do the stuff you claim it’s true but how do I know I suppose the thing is you don’t I know I suppose the thing is you don’t I know I suppose the thing is you don’t so I could be making up right now but so I could be making up right now but so I could be making up right now but are you making it up no I don’t see why are you making it up no I don’t see why are you making it up no I don’t see why I would bother absolutely what do you I would bother absolutely what do you I would bother absolutely what do you think about it I think it’s a little think about it I think it’s a little think about it I think it’s a little unusual mm-hmm and I’m rather curious unusual mm-hmm and I’m rather curious unusual mm-hmm and I’m rather curious about how you’re doing it [Music] [Music] [Music] aurélien told me he remembered days way aurélien told me he remembered days way aurélien told me he remembered days way back into his childhood but he had back into his childhood but he had back into his childhood but he had absolutely no idea how they stuck in his absolutely no idea how they stuck in his absolutely no idea how they stuck in his head I wanted his parents to confirm the head I wanted his parents to confirm the head I wanted his parents to confirm the truth of his memories and see what they truth of his memories and see what they truth of his memories and see what they thought of their son’s strange skill thought of their son’s strange skill thought of their son’s strange skill we’re talking sometimes at the table we’re talking sometimes at the table we’re talking sometimes at the table when we were having a meal and then we when we were having a meal and then we when we were having a meal and then we used I used to say for instance or used I used to say for instance or used I used to say for instance or remember when we went to Bangkok three remember when we went to Bangkok three remember when we went to Bangkok three years ago whatever years ago whatever years ago whatever I used to say no it was not three years I used to say no it was not three years I used to say no it was not three years ago was four years ago and he was ago was four years ago and he was ago was four years ago and he was actually on the blah blah blah you know actually on the blah blah blah you know actually on the blah blah blah you know when he gave me the day the month and so when he gave me the day the month and so when he gave me the day the month and so forth and I used to say really and then forth and I used to say really and then forth and I used to say really and then I used to run to my diary to see you I used to run to my diary to see you I used to run to my diary to see you know just to check and I think that’s know just to check and I think that’s know just to check and I think that’s why I started to think us you know your why I started to think us you know your why I started to think us you know your memories were bad memories were bad memories were bad do you remember what we did on the 30th do you remember what we did on the 30th do you remember what we did on the 30th of August 2004 30th of August 2004 I think that it I know it was a Monday think that it I know it was a Monday think that it I know it was a Monday yeah bank holiday I think it could be I yeah bank holiday I think it could be I yeah bank holiday I think it could be I know that we went to the Cadbury Factory know that we went to the Cadbury Factory know that we went to the Cadbury Factory around that yeah that’s correct I didn’t around that yeah that’s correct I didn’t around that yeah that’s correct I didn’t know if I’d see I don’t know for certain know if I’d see I don’t know for certain know if I’d see I don’t know for certain that it was that day it is that day I I that it was that day it is that day I I that it was that day it is that day I I know that it was around that time yeah know that it was around that time yeah know that it was around that time yeah that’s correct that’s exactly what we that’s correct that’s exactly what we that’s correct that’s exactly what we did we went at Cadbury World we stopped did we went at Cadbury World we stopped did we went at Cadbury World we stopped in ross-on-wye on the day and we had a in ross-on-wye on the day and we had a in ross-on-wye on the day and we had a great day eating chocolate and over the great day eating chocolate and over the great day eating chocolate and over the years we’ve learned to sort of accept years we’ve learned to sort of accept years we’ve learned to sort of accept that if everybody does say that there’s that if everybody does say that there’s that if everybody does say that there’s a date that’s correct it after a couple a date that’s correct it after a couple a date that’s correct it after a couple of years of saying I know you got that of years of saying I know you got that of years of saying I know you got that role in realizing that he wasn’t wrong role in realizing that he wasn’t wrong role in realizing that he wasn’t wrong we tend to accept it now without we tend to accept it now without we tend to accept it now without challenging it what’s your explanation challenging it what’s your explanation challenging it what’s your explanation for why or alien can do that because for why or alien can do that because for why or alien can do that because he’s just like meas right ha ha I don’t he’s just like meas right ha ha I don’t he’s just like meas right ha ha I don’t know because as I said to you before I know because as I said to you before I know because as I said to you before I it’s not something I you know I knew he it’s not something I you know I knew he it’s not something I you know I knew he had a good memory but that was the had a good memory but that was the had a good memory but that was the extent of it really I never knew he was extent of it really I never knew he was extent of it really I never knew he was you know something really you know something really you know something really special and different from most people it seemed or elion memories were it seemed or elion memories were it seemed or elion memories were surprisingly accurate but it was hard to surprisingly accurate but it was hard to surprisingly accurate but it was hard to know how much of his life he’d got know how much of his life he’d got know how much of his life he’d got stored in his head stored in his head stored in his head [Music] so pick a month at random okay July 2009 so pick a month at random okay July 2009 so pick a month at random okay July 2009 the month I chose was three years ago the month I chose was three years ago the month I chose was three years ago 1080 days have passed since these events 1080 days have passed since these events 1080 days have passed since these events took place after a twenty of the days took place after a twenty of the days took place after a twenty of the days like that I remember all of those days I like that I remember all of those days I like that I remember all of those days I saw there are three things that pop out saw there are three things that pop out saw there are three things that pop out instantly when I think of July I went to instantly when I think of July I went to instantly when I think of July I went to France when weekend tool in France Duke France when weekend tool in France Duke France when weekend tool in France Duke of Edinburgh and driving lesson in fact of Edinburgh and driving lesson in fact of Edinburgh and driving lesson in fact I can put that there and I think around I can put that there and I think around I can put that there and I think around that time I started reading class of the that time I started reading class of the that time I started reading class of the d’Urbervilles you know it’s like I could d’Urbervilles you know it’s like I could d’Urbervilles you know it’s like I could get a diary for 2009 and right if I get a diary for 2009 and right if I get a diary for 2009 and right if I wanted to retrospectively aurélien said that his brain stored all aurélien said that his brain stored all aurélien said that his brain stored all this information automatically but I this information automatically but I this information automatically but I wondered if he was hiding some secret wondered if he was hiding some secret wondered if he was hiding some secret technique we went to meet a man who has technique we went to meet a man who has technique we went to meet a man who has trained his memory trained his memory trained his memory eight times world memory champion eight times world memory champion eight times world memory champion Dominic O’Brien I would be suspicious if Dominic O’Brien I would be suspicious if Dominic O’Brien I would be suspicious if someone said that they automatically someone said that they automatically someone said that they automatically know what they were doing on a specific know what they were doing on a specific know what they were doing on a specific day in their life the day of the week day in their life the day of the week day in their life the day of the week for any date without involving some sort for any date without involving some sort for any date without involving some sort of technique I can tell within you know of technique I can tell within you know of technique I can tell within you know 30 seconds to a minute if someone’s 30 seconds to a minute if someone’s 30 seconds to a minute if someone’s genuine or not and most of the time genuine or not and most of the time genuine or not and most of the time they’re not able to do what they claim they’re not able to do what they claim they’re not able to do what they claim no you must be all relyon yes no you must be all relyon yes no you must be all relyon yes Dominic welcome hi kiss you come inside Dominic welcome hi kiss you come inside Dominic welcome hi kiss you come inside we’ll share some memories thank you [Music] aurelion says he has no technique to aurelion says he has no technique to aurelion says he has no technique to help his extraordinary memory Dominic help his extraordinary memory Dominic help his extraordinary memory Dominic O’Brien does and he can memorize O’Brien does and he can memorize O’Brien does and he can memorize information at a world record-breaking information at a world record-breaking information at a world record-breaking speed two hearts four diamonds the Jack speed two hearts four diamonds the Jack speed two hearts four diamonds the Jack of Hearts Jack of Clubs similar clubs in of Hearts Jack of Clubs similar clubs in of Hearts Jack of Clubs similar clubs in two clubs all right two clubs all right two clubs all right I’ve been sure to know what you do I’ve been sure to know what you do I’ve been sure to know what you do obviously and ii just i did i’d honestly obviously and ii just i did i’d honestly obviously and ii just i did i’d honestly don’t know where I’d begin I mean the don’t know where I’d begin I mean the don’t know where I’d begin I mean the Jack of Diamonds could be Johnny Depp Jack of Diamonds could be Johnny Depp Jack of Diamonds could be Johnny Depp Brian Jay Dee Jack of Diamonds Brian Jay Dee Jack of Diamonds Brian Jay Dee Jack of Diamonds um the queen of clubs wherever that is um the queen of clubs wherever that is um the queen of clubs wherever that is living are the queen clubs that could be living are the queen clubs that could be living are the queen clubs that could be Paris Hilton Connecticut like to go Paris Hilton Connecticut like to go Paris Hilton Connecticut like to go clubbing she’s the queen of night clubs clubbing she’s the queen of night clubs clubbing she’s the queen of night clubs so now when I see the cars I so now when I see the cars I so now when I see the cars I automatically see people mental images automatically see people mental images automatically see people mental images are the key to Dominic’s remarkable are the key to Dominic’s remarkable are the key to Dominic’s remarkable memory and he has a similar method to memory and he has a similar method to memory and he has a similar method to calculate dates calculate dates calculate dates the first of June 2004 Tuesday I think Catanzaro a third of Tuesday I think Catanzaro a third of Tuesday I think Catanzaro a third of October 2003 can do that did it work – October 2003 can do that did it work – October 2003 can do that did it work – Bert I think that was a Friday um I Bert I think that was a Friday um I Bert I think that was a Friday um I remember my sister had a friend over remember my sister had a friend over remember my sister had a friend over how about the 15th of April 2007 ooh and how about the 15th of April 2007 ooh and how about the 15th of April 2007 ooh and that was a Sunday and I went canoeing that was a Sunday and I went canoeing that was a Sunday and I went canoeing now since I was in Zambia me my dad my now since I was in Zambia me my dad my now since I was in Zambia me my dad my sister went canoeing just remember that sister went canoeing just remember that sister went canoeing just remember that is straightaway 10th of August yeah 2007 is straightaway 10th of August yeah 2007 is straightaway 10th of August yeah 2007 okay there is point of reference and my okay there is point of reference and my okay there is point of reference and my nearest point of reference is the 8th nearest point of reference is the 8th nearest point of reference is the 8th which was a Wednesday I’d rather which was a Wednesday I’d rather which was a Wednesday I’d rather actually the 7th I member that night I actually the 7th I member that night I actually the 7th I member that night I didn’t weigh too much and I’d threw up didn’t weigh too much and I’d threw up didn’t weigh too much and I’d threw up so for instance that I know instantly so for instance that I know instantly so for instance that I know instantly what the 8th of August is using a what the 8th of August is using a what the 8th of August is using a reference but yeah that idea’s yeah reference but yeah that idea’s yeah reference but yeah that idea’s yeah that’s right so then I think Friday must that’s right so then I think Friday must that’s right so then I think Friday must have been the 10th you you’re not making have been the 10th you you’re not making have been the 10th you you’re not making a point of I must remember this day a point of I must remember this day a point of I must remember this day because it’s two days before my birthday because it’s two days before my birthday because it’s two days before my birthday and lost remember the future so you and lost remember the future so you and lost remember the future so you don’t review this now that is don’t review this now that is don’t review this now that is fascinating yeah it is interesting fascinating yeah it is interesting fascinating yeah it is interesting I don’t think I’ve ever met somebody I don’t think I’ve ever met somebody I don’t think I’ve ever met somebody quite like you well that’s extruded I quite like you well that’s extruded I quite like you well that’s extruded I mean I could do what you do if I made a mean I could do what you do if I made a mean I could do what you do if I made a conscious effort to do it yeah but I conscious effort to do it yeah but I conscious effort to do it yeah but I would have to review every day at the would have to review every day at the would have to review every day at the end of the day and then think about it end of the day and then think about it end of the day and then think about it the following day next week next month the following day next week next month the following day next week next month etc until I’ve got it I think if it is etc until I’ve got it I think if it is etc until I’ve got it I think if it is it’s almost like this is imaginary pen it’s almost like this is imaginary pen it’s almost like this is imaginary pen writing in events in a sort of mental writing in events in a sort of mental writing in events in a sort of mental calendar so you’re convinced are you oh calendar so you’re convinced are you oh calendar so you’re convinced are you oh I’m 99% sure Lillian is the genuine I’m 99% sure Lillian is the genuine I’m 99% sure Lillian is the genuine article article article I’ve sent I’ve sent I’ve sent I don’t think that people would meet me I don’t think that people would meet me I don’t think that people would meet me in things like he’s got something funny in things like he’s got something funny in things like he’s got something funny yeah but we we have no idea at all as yeah but we we have no idea at all as yeah but we we have no idea at all as soon as you suddenly said oh I’ve got soon as you suddenly said oh I’ve got soon as you suddenly said oh I’ve got this thing I was like what read me this thing I was like what read me this thing I was like what read me it seemed or Elian had only just started it seemed or Elian had only just started it seemed or Elian had only just started to let others see his hidden talent I to let others see his hidden talent I to let others see his hidden talent I just I’d love to know what what I don’t just I’d love to know what what I don’t just I’d love to know what what I don’t know what you think there is with Diana know what you think there is with Diana know what you think there is with Diana is weird I can say a day and you would is weird I can say a day and you would is weird I can say a day and you would know what day it was know what day it was know what day it was yeah well do you remember when you lost yeah well do you remember when you lost yeah well do you remember when you lost your dinner what day was that there are your dinner what day was that there are your dinner what day was that there are some things which are M what did you oh some things which are M what did you oh some things which are M what did you oh you know I do you know I do you know I do it was the 19th January 2006 so you lost it was the 19th January 2006 so you lost it was the 19th January 2006 so you lost it on a Thursday what is it I’m really it on a Thursday what is it I’m really it on a Thursday what is it I’m really cool or really weird strange weird I cool or really weird strange weird I cool or really weird strange weird I wasn’t the only person trying to make wasn’t the only person trying to make wasn’t the only person trying to make sense of Orleans extraordinary ability sense of Orleans extraordinary ability sense of Orleans extraordinary ability yeah masters of memory herelet’s people yeah masters of memory herelet’s people yeah masters of memory herelet’s people who can recall exactly what happened on who can recall exactly what happened on who can recall exactly what happened on every day of their lives every day of their lives every day of their lives his boyfriend Henry had come across a his boyfriend Henry had come across a his boyfriend Henry had come across a story of people with a suspiciously story of people with a suspiciously story of people with a suspiciously similar skill so I just struggled to similar skill so I just struggled to similar skill so I just struggled to remember what you had for breakfast remember what you had for breakfast remember what you had for breakfast yesterday I said him where he did last yesterday I said him where he did last yesterday I said him where he did last weekend yeah so there’s a basically I weekend yeah so there’s a basically I weekend yeah so there’s a basically I read and then you watch the documentary read and then you watch the documentary read and then you watch the documentary [Music] [Music] [Music] Jill price was the first person in the Jill price was the first person in the Jill price was the first person in the world to come forward with disability world to come forward with disability world to come forward with disability she’s been living with it for almost she’s been living with it for almost she’s been living with it for almost four decades I actually probably should four decades I actually probably should four decades I actually probably should be like in a mental hospital because be like in a mental hospital because be like in a mental hospital because this is makes me crazy like I still feel this is makes me crazy like I still feel this is makes me crazy like I still feel bad about stuff that happened 30 years bad about stuff that happened 30 years bad about stuff that happened 30 years ago but we all do and I mean we can all ago but we all do and I mean we can all ago but we all do and I mean we can all remember one or two things is not one or remember one or two things is not one or remember one or two things is not one or two things everything two things everything two things everything I mean hers is very extreme she can I mean hers is very extreme she can I mean hers is very extreme she can remember every single day as you get remember every single day as you get remember every single day as you get older and you live a life that you’ll older and you live a life that you’ll older and you live a life that you’ll definitely all to remember more possibly definitely all to remember more possibly definitely all to remember more possibly time will tell like how far back you time will tell like how far back you time will tell like how far back you will be able to go hmm I mean short of a will be able to go hmm I mean short of a will be able to go hmm I mean short of a lobotomy I don’t really think that lobotomy I don’t really think that lobotomy I don’t really think that there’s anything that could be done for there’s anything that could be done for there’s anything that could be done for me Jill price seemed to be struggling me Jill price seemed to be struggling me Jill price seemed to be struggling with a memory even more powerful tuner with a memory even more powerful tuner with a memory even more powerful tuner elion maybe she had some explanation for elion maybe she had some explanation for elion maybe she had some explanation for why he remembered so much why he remembered so much why he remembered so much in the last year Jill hadn’t granted a in the last year Jill hadn’t granted a in the last year Jill hadn’t granted a single interview but she had agreed to single interview but she had agreed to single interview but she had agreed to meet me we arranged to meet in a hotel meet me we arranged to meet in a hotel meet me we arranged to meet in a hotel in Los Angeles on the morning of in Los Angeles on the morning of in Los Angeles on the morning of Saturday the 24th of June could the Saturday the 24th of June could the Saturday the 24th of June could the troubled mind of this 46 year old school troubled mind of this 46 year old school troubled mind of this 46 year old school administrator hold the key to administrator hold the key to administrator hold the key to understanding this mysterious skill is understanding this mysterious skill is understanding this mysterious skill is there a way you can show me what it is there a way you can show me what it is there a way you can show me what it is you can do know if you could stick a you can do know if you could stick a you can do know if you could stick a camera in my head then I think everybody camera in my head then I think everybody camera in my head then I think everybody would freak out like I can see my would freak out like I can see my would freak out like I can see my memories you know starting in February memories you know starting in February memories you know starting in February of 1980 until now it’s like every day of 1980 until now it’s like every day of 1980 until now it’s like every day every every day you can literally every every day you can literally every every day you can literally remember every day mm-hmm it’s made life remember every day mm-hmm it’s made life remember every day mm-hmm it’s made life extremely emotionally difficult at times extremely emotionally difficult at times extremely emotionally difficult at times well there’s a lot of complex emotions well there’s a lot of complex emotions well there’s a lot of complex emotions that go along with not being able to you that go along with not being able to you that go along with not being able to you know forget because everything in know forget because everything in know forget because everything in someone’s life there’s like a huge someone’s life there’s like a huge someone’s life there’s like a huge there’s a line but everything is there’s a line but everything is there’s a line but everything is connected because you wouldn’t be here connected because you wouldn’t be here connected because you wouldn’t be here if this didn’t happen and I always I’m if this didn’t happen and I always I’m if this didn’t happen and I always I’m thinking about God if I had just not thinking about God if I had just not thinking about God if I had just not done this then this wouldn’t have done this then this wouldn’t have done this then this wouldn’t have happened and that it’s harder as your happened and that it’s harder as your happened and that it’s harder as your life as years have gone by because life as years have gone by because life as years have gone by because there’s so much stuff you know everyone there’s so much stuff you know everyone there’s so much stuff you know everyone has baggage I got a freaking steamer has baggage I got a freaking steamer has baggage I got a freaking steamer trunk that’s just like that I’m just trunk that’s just like that I’m just trunk that’s just like that I’m just dragging along I’ve suffered dragging along I’ve suffered dragging along I’ve suffered few bouts of depression over the years few bouts of depression over the years few bouts of depression over the years and no psychologist and no doctors were and no psychologist and no doctors were and no psychologist and no doctors were able to give me any answers I mean I’ve able to give me any answers I mean I’ve able to give me any answers I mean I’ve asked therapists I’ve asked believe me asked therapists I’ve asked believe me asked therapists I’ve asked believe me it’s not like I didn’t talk about this it’s not like I didn’t talk about this it’s not like I didn’t talk about this and want to know like you know well why and want to know like you know well why and want to know like you know well why nobody had an answer for me so I thought nobody had an answer for me so I thought nobody had an answer for me so I thought look go to a scientist the first thing look go to a scientist the first thing look go to a scientist the first thing that popped up was dr.

McGraw dr. James L Magoo distinguished dr. James L Magoo distinguished dr. James L Magoo distinguished professor of Neurobiology has spent his professor of Neurobiology has spent his professor of Neurobiology has spent his career trying to understand how strong career trying to understand how strong career trying to understand how strong memories are made he’s been carefully testing john’s he’s been carefully testing john’s he’s been carefully testing john’s memory for several years I found him on memory for several years I found him on memory for several years I found him on June 5th 2000 which was a Monday and June 5th 2000 which was a Monday and June 5th 2000 which was a Monday and then on June 12th he called me and we then on June 12th he called me and we then on June 12th he called me and we set up a time to meet on June 24 it’s set up a time to meet on June 24 it’s set up a time to meet on June 24 it’s more than a decade since Joel’s first more than a decade since Joel’s first more than a decade since Joel’s first visit to the University but a visit to the University but a visit to the University but a recollection of events can easily be recollection of events can easily be recollection of events can easily be checked to see what year did we want the checked to see what year did we want the checked to see what year did we want the calendar for 2030 seven years dr.

Align:start calendar for 2030 seven years dr. calendar for 2030 seven years dr. mcgaubey sistent has kept a faithful mcgaubey sistent has kept a faithful mcgaubey sistent has kept a faithful record of what he’s done day by day and record of what he’s done day by day and record of what he’s done day by day and you’re looking for June mm-hmm yeah 24th you’re looking for June mm-hmm yeah 24th you’re looking for June mm-hmm yeah 24th she was right about that dude 24th you she was right about that dude 24th you she was right about that dude 24th you know when you first met you know I don’t know when you first met you know I don’t know when you first met you know I don’t but it was some time later because you but it was some time later because you but it was some time later because you met with her maybe another time on a met with her maybe another time on a met with her maybe another time on a Saturday I think I think it was Saturday Saturday I think I think it was Saturday Saturday I think I think it was Saturday July 8th you know how I know that cuz July 8th you know how I know that cuz July 8th you know how I know that cuz there’s written right here these are my there’s written right here these are my there’s written right here these are my memories these are my memories are all memories these are my memories are all memories these are my memories are all written down here and then I recall yes written down here and then I recall yes written down here and then I recall yes I remember it well I remember it well I remember it well oh my son and my son got married I’m the oh my son and my son got married I’m the oh my son and my son got married I’m the keeper of the book models the memories keeper of the book models the memories keeper of the book models the memories and then I went to Stockholm I didn’t and then I went to Stockholm I didn’t and then I went to Stockholm I didn’t know that know that know that when they met dr.

McCord to verify when they met dr. McCord to verify when they met dr. McCord to verify Jill’s memory so he asked about things Jill’s memory so he asked about things Jill’s memory so he asked about things she may have seen in the news so I knew she may have seen in the news so I knew she may have seen in the news so I knew how old she was so I had to find some how old she was so I had to find some how old she was so I had to find some time so I just randomly said well let’s time so I just randomly said well let’s time so I just randomly said well let’s see what were the dates of a – OJ see what were the dates of a – OJ see what were the dates of a – OJ Simpson verdicts October 3rd 1995 and Simpson verdicts October 3rd 1995 and Simpson verdicts October 3rd 1995 and February 4th 1997 we had a Concorde February 4th 1997 we had a Concorde February 4th 1997 we had a Concorde plane crash July 5th and she was just plane crash July 5th and she was just plane crash July 5th and she was just remarkably accurate the first question remarkably accurate the first question remarkably accurate the first question he asked me was when the Iranian hostage he asked me was when the Iranian hostage he asked me was when the Iranian hostage situation started and I told him and situation started and I told him and situation started and I told him and then he told me I was wrong and I told then he told me I was wrong and I told then he told me I was wrong and I told him I was right and that wasn’t him I was right and that wasn’t him I was right and that wasn’t back-and-forth and then we found out back-and-forth and then we found out back-and-forth and then we found out that of course I was right how certain that of course I was right how certain that of course I was right how certain were you you were right 100% were you you were right 100% were you you were right 100% why because I just was same thing why because I just was same thing why because I just was same thing happened when Diane Sawyer was happened when Diane Sawyer was happened when Diane Sawyer was interviewing me on 20/20 and she asked interviewing me on 20/20 and she asked interviewing me on 20/20 and she asked me when Princess Grace died September 14 me when Princess Grace died September 14 me when Princess Grace died September 14 1982 went to a whole long thing it was 1982 went to a whole long thing it was 1982 went to a whole long thing it was the first day of 12th grade it was the first day of 12th grade it was the first day of 12th grade it was Tuesday September 14th that was the Tuesday September 14th that was the Tuesday September 14th that was the first day I started 12th grade well I first day I started 12th grade well I first day I started 12th grade well I went into this whole long story and she went into this whole long story and she went into this whole long story and she looks at me she goes now wait September looks at me she goes now wait September looks at me she goes now wait September 10th 1982 and I’m like yeah and she said 10th 1982 and I’m like yeah and she said 10th 1982 and I’m like yeah and she said no and I said yeah so no and I said yeah so no and I said yeah so September 10th well that night might not September 10th well that night might not September 10th well that night might not be right I don’t know but in in this in be right I don’t know but in in this in be right I don’t know but in in this in the room you know we’re all the key with the room you know we’re all the key with the room you know we’re all the key with the producers and everybody they’re all the producers and everybody they’re all the producers and everybody they’re all scrambling back their BlackBerry’s scrambling back their BlackBerry’s scrambling back their BlackBerry’s googling and then the door opens up and googling and then the door opens up and googling and then the door opens up and the producer sticks his head out in the producer sticks his head out in the producer sticks his head out in these screams the book is wrong wrong these screams the book is wrong wrong these screams the book is wrong wrong what that is always Kirk my crap maybe what that is always Kirk my crap maybe what that is always Kirk my crap maybe you should check your facts first before you should check your facts first before you should check your facts first before you do that because you look like a dumb you do that because you look like a dumb you do that because you look like a dumb idiot sorry I want you to draw for me idiot sorry I want you to draw for me idiot sorry I want you to draw for me your your representation of the years your your representation of the years your your representation of the years the months and the days of the week the months and the days of the week the months and the days of the week dr.

Magoo was facing something no dr. Magoo was facing something no dr. Magoo was facing something no scientist had ever seen before we know scientist had ever seen before we know scientist had ever seen before we know almost nothing about the causes of almost nothing about the causes of almost nothing about the causes of forgetting that’s a big black hole in forgetting that’s a big black hole in forgetting that’s a big black hole in scientific research we know an awful lot scientific research we know an awful lot scientific research we know an awful lot about the conditions which create about the conditions which create about the conditions which create memories we know very little about what memories we know very little about what memories we know very little about what happens when people forget what was that happens when people forget what was that happens when people forget what was that for is there some significance to the for is there some significance to the for is there some significance to the the length of the line that you draw the length of the line that you draw the length of the line that you draw across associate across associate across associate it’s just how I see it but why did you it’s just how I see it but why did you it’s just how I see it but why did you draw those lines there just to show that draw those lines there just to show that draw those lines there just to show that it didn’t go all the way there kind of it didn’t go all the way there kind of it didn’t go all the way there kind of came down here what does that mean I came down here what does that mean I came down here what does that mean I understand what that means understand what that means understand what that means so here the first individual who is poor so here the first individual who is poor so here the first individual who is poor at forgetting number 13 1980 was a at forgetting number 13 1980 was a at forgetting number 13 1980 was a Monday so I would just think of like Monday so I would just think of like Monday so I would just think of like that and on a Monday how do you know that and on a Monday how do you know that and on a Monday how do you know what’s a Monday cuz I just do which is what’s a Monday cuz I just do which is what’s a Monday cuz I just do which is really unusual really unusual so that really unusual really unusual so that really unusual really unusual so that has to be motivating for a scientist we has to be motivating for a scientist we has to be motivating for a scientist we said let’s see what we can find out said let’s see what we can find out said let’s see what we can find out about that that’s all I care about as about that that’s all I care about as about that that’s all I care about as long as you know somebody in the science long as you know somebody in the science long as you know somebody in the science world took me seriously I was thrilled world took me seriously I was thrilled world took me seriously I was thrilled with that you have no idea today dr.

Align:start with that you have no idea today dr. with that you have no idea today dr. Magoo is still trying to make sense of Magoo is still trying to make sense of Magoo is still trying to make sense of Jill’s ability and now his research Jill’s ability and now his research Jill’s ability and now his research program has grown much larger than he program has grown much larger than he program has grown much larger than he could ever have imagined could ever have imagined could ever have imagined because after Jill appeared on worldwide because after Jill appeared on worldwide because after Jill appeared on worldwide television incredibly ten other people television incredibly ten other people television incredibly ten other people with disability appeared I’m at 62 year old television producer I’m at 62 year old television producer I’m at 62 year old television producer Bob Petrella who is letting the Bob Petrella who is letting the Bob Petrella who is letting the scientists test him and the last date is scientists test him and the last date is scientists test him and the last date is March 5th March 5th was a Monday I got March 5th March 5th was a Monday I got March 5th March 5th was a Monday I got some spaghetti and I got some rice I got some spaghetti and I got some rice I got some spaghetti and I got some rice I got some vegetables but I didn’t get any some vegetables but I didn’t get any some vegetables but I didn’t get any gravy cheese a lot most people don’t gravy cheese a lot most people don’t gravy cheese a lot most people don’t understand it they think it’s understand it they think it’s understand it they think it’s photographic they think it’s autistic photographic they think it’s autistic photographic they think it’s autistic savant they think it’s absolute they savant they think it’s absolute they savant they think it’s absolute they think you remember everything well we think you remember everything well we think you remember everything well we don’t we don’t remember every single don’t we don’t remember every single don’t we don’t remember every single thing we make mistakes we forget where I thing we make mistakes we forget where I thing we make mistakes we forget where I keys are where we parked our car like keys are where we parked our car like keys are where we parked our car like anybody else but I think it’s fairly anybody else but I think it’s fairly anybody else but I think it’s fairly complete and what I was doing on most complete and what I was doing on most complete and what I was doing on most days of my life all right and that’s all days of my life all right and that’s all days of my life all right and that’s all I have I have I have how do you do it I don’t know how I do how do you do it I don’t know how I do how do you do it I don’t know how I do it it’s just there and it’s been there it it’s just there and it’s been there it it’s just there and it’s been there you know since I was young I knew it was you know since I was young I knew it was you know since I was young I knew it was a little unusual for years and for them a little unusual for years and for them a little unusual for years and for them that but I didn’t know why I remembered that but I didn’t know why I remembered that but I didn’t know why I remembered like I did I wasn’t even sure how they like I did I wasn’t even sure how they like I did I wasn’t even sure how they said they didn’t know how they did it said they didn’t know how they did it said they didn’t know how they did it dr.

Magoo hadn’t worked out how they did dr. Magoo hadn’t worked out how they did dr. Magoo hadn’t worked out how they did it but there was another scientist who it but there was another scientist who it but there was another scientist who thought that he could explain he met thought that he could explain he met thought that he could explain he met Jill and wrote an article in Wired Jill and wrote an article in Wired Jill and wrote an article in Wired magazine he said the truth was she was magazine he said the truth was she was magazine he said the truth was she was obsessed with her past I don’t think obsessed with her past I don’t think obsessed with her past I don’t think that her memory is fundamentally that her memory is fundamentally that her memory is fundamentally different from other people’s I think different from other people’s I think different from other people’s I think that in the same way that a child can be that in the same way that a child can be that in the same way that a child can be very interested in baseball cards she’s very interested in baseball cards she’s very interested in baseball cards she’s interested in the facts of her own life interested in the facts of her own life interested in the facts of her own life and she she thinks about whom she and she she thinks about whom she and she she thinks about whom she reflects on them crap I don’t give a reflects on them crap I don’t give a reflects on them crap I don’t give a that it’s in Wired magazine that that it’s in Wired magazine that that it’s in Wired magazine that means nothing okay it’s crap we never means nothing okay it’s crap we never means nothing okay it’s crap we never claimed that she had a perfect memory claimed that she had a perfect memory claimed that she had a perfect memory Jill price who seems to remember Jill price who seems to remember Jill price who seems to remember everything she does not remember everything she does not remember everything she does not remember everything what she remembers she everything what she remembers she everything what she remembers she doesn’t forget that’s a doesn’t forget that’s a doesn’t forget that’s a many people have been trying to make many people have been trying to make many people have been trying to make sense of jail prices memory but the sense of jail prices memory but the sense of jail prices memory but the first person to offer an explanation first person to offer an explanation first person to offer an explanation found it wasn’t well-received I was I found it wasn’t well-received I was I found it wasn’t well-received I was I will just say that I was greatly will just say that I was greatly will just say that I was greatly offended by his article and a lot of offended by his article and a lot of offended by his article and a lot of people read that article so a lot of people read that article so a lot of people read that article so a lot of people are like you know this is who people are like you know this is who people are like you know this is who they think this what this is it is just they think this what this is it is just they think this what this is it is just some stupid simplistic OCD of the brain some stupid simplistic OCD of the brain some stupid simplistic OCD of the brain I had come across this article before I I had come across this article before I I had come across this article before I traveled to America I went to meet the traveled to America I went to meet the traveled to America I went to meet the author to learn how he thought Jill author to learn how he thought Jill author to learn how he thought Jill remembered so much well I think what remembered so much well I think what remembered so much well I think what drives Jill to have such a good memory drives Jill to have such a good memory drives Jill to have such a good memory is not so much this memory circuits of is not so much this memory circuits of is not so much this memory circuits of her brain but the circuits that drive her brain but the circuits that drive her brain but the circuits that drive her to want to remember things and it’s her to want to remember things and it’s her to want to remember things and it’s it’s not a conscious wanting it’s it’s it’s not a conscious wanting it’s it’s it’s not a conscious wanting it’s it’s like a drug addicts wanting they don’t like a drug addicts wanting they don’t like a drug addicts wanting they don’t may not even want the heroin per se but may not even want the heroin per se but may not even want the heroin per se but they just they can’t help it she’s got a they just they can’t help it she’s got a they just they can’t help it she’s got a kind of compulsion about memory and I kind of compulsion about memory and I kind of compulsion about memory and I think it’s that aspect of her think it’s that aspect of her think it’s that aspect of her personality if you will that drives her personality if you will that drives her personality if you will that drives her to remember things that are reflect on to remember things that are reflect on to remember things that are reflect on them dr.

Marcus drew attention to Jill’s them dr. Marcus drew attention to Jill’s them dr. Marcus drew attention to Jill’s 50,000 pages of Diaries he believed she 50,000 pages of Diaries he believed she 50,000 pages of Diaries he believed she was just obsessively thinking about her was just obsessively thinking about her was just obsessively thinking about her past how much of this kind of subtle past how much of this kind of subtle past how much of this kind of subtle rehearsing you would have to do in order rehearsing you would have to do in order rehearsing you would have to do in order to have a strong memory of something to have a strong memory of something to have a strong memory of something that happened 20 years ago strong and that happened 20 years ago strong and that happened 20 years ago strong and readily readily available quickly readily readily available quickly readily readily available quickly available well that’s a nature of available well that’s a nature of available well that’s a nature of science as you’re skeptical if I wasn’t science as you’re skeptical if I wasn’t science as you’re skeptical if I wasn’t doing this I’d be skeptical I mean what doing this I’d be skeptical I mean what doing this I’d be skeptical I mean what he did was totally minimized my life I he did was totally minimized my life I he did was totally minimized my life I guess that’s the whole thing advances no guess that’s the whole thing advances no guess that’s the whole thing advances no that’s what I’m saying I’ve had it’s it that’s what I’m saying I’ve had it’s it that’s what I’m saying I’ve had it’s it is your life it’s my life and I’m not is your life it’s my life and I’m not is your life it’s my life and I’m not I’m not like just a brain I have a heart I’m not like just a brain I have a heart I’m not like just a brain I have a heart and I have a soul and there’s a lot of and I have a soul and there’s a lot of and I have a soul and there’s a lot of complex things that go along with it so complex things that go along with it so complex things that go along with it so to make it so simplistic like that to make it so simplistic like that to make it so simplistic like that totally offended me how didn’t she speak totally offended me how didn’t she speak totally offended me how didn’t she speak to him well he has you don’t need to to him well he has you don’t need to to him well he has you don’t need to speak to him because he doesn’t know me speak to him because he doesn’t know me speak to him because he doesn’t know me and I find it interesting that anybody and I find it interesting that anybody and I find it interesting that anybody would call him would call him would call him to ask about me when he doesn’t know me to ask about me when he doesn’t know me to ask about me when he doesn’t know me I suspected it was dr.

Marcus’s article I suspected it was dr. Marcus’s article I suspected it was dr. Marcus’s article that had made Jill reluctant to talk to that had made Jill reluctant to talk to that had made Jill reluctant to talk to the media but could there be some truth the media but could there be some truth the media but could there be some truth in what he’d had to say was there a link in what he’d had to say was there a link in what he’d had to say was there a link with obsessive behavior it was something with obsessive behavior it was something with obsessive behavior it was something Bob Petrella had talked about too you Bob Petrella had talked about too you Bob Petrella had talked about too you know I think it’s okay to have an know I think it’s okay to have an know I think it’s okay to have an obsession as long as it’s not a negative obsession as long as it’s not a negative obsession as long as it’s not a negative thing you know if you’re stalking a thing you know if you’re stalking a thing you know if you’re stalking a woman and that’s that’s an obsession woman and that’s that’s an obsession woman and that’s that’s an obsession obviously that’s that’s bad Bob invited obviously that’s that’s bad Bob invited obviously that’s that’s bad Bob invited me to his home to see something he me to his home to see something he me to his home to see something he created from memory in 1999 so because I created from memory in 1999 so because I created from memory in 1999 so because I was turning 50 the next year and it was was turning 50 the next year and it was was turning 50 the next year and it was the end of the millennium I thought I the end of the millennium I thought I the end of the millennium I thought I should choose just for myself I should should choose just for myself I should should choose just for myself I should choose my most memorable days of each choose my most memorable days of each choose my most memorable days of each date of the year you know I didn’t date of the year you know I didn’t date of the year you know I didn’t really hold back so there’s stuff about really hold back so there’s stuff about really hold back so there’s stuff about drugs sex and rock is rolling and I just drugs sex and rock is rolling and I just drugs sex and rock is rolling and I just called it because it’s an acronym for my called it because it’s an acronym for my called it because it’s an acronym for my name and I called it the book of Bob name and I called it the book of Bob name and I called it the book of Bob b.o.b although it’s not really a book b.o.b although it’s not really a book b.o.b although it’s not really a book it’s more of a journal like said today it’s more of a journal like said today it’s more of a journal like said today is June 29th so it’s June 29 1999 I’m is June 29th so it’s June 29 1999 I’m is June 29th so it’s June 29 1999 I’m driving home and then I would just go driving home and then I would just go driving home and then I would just go through all of the June 29 that I through all of the June 29 that I through all of the June 29 that I remember in my life and then I would go remember in my life and then I would go remember in my life and then I would go all 65 68 71 73 73 I remember because I all 65 68 71 73 73 I remember because I all 65 68 71 73 73 I remember because I was constipated and so I we were sitting was constipated and so I we were sitting was constipated and so I we were sitting at a restaurant I had I was visiting and at a restaurant I had I was visiting and at a restaurant I had I was visiting and I hadn’t gone for about four or five I hadn’t gone for about four or five I hadn’t gone for about four or five days and we were sitting in a restaurant days and we were sitting in a restaurant days and we were sitting in a restaurant and Richard Nixon was president at the and Richard Nixon was president at the and Richard Nixon was president at the time and I could do his voice and and I time and I could do his voice and and I time and I could do his voice and and I suddenly felt like I was able to go suddenly felt like I was able to go suddenly felt like I was able to go after being constipated I did it as after being constipated I did it as after being constipated I did it as Nixon and I said it’s time I think it’s Nixon and I said it’s time I think it’s Nixon and I said it’s time I think it’s time you know so that was June 29 73 it time you know so that was June 29 73 it time you know so that was June 29 73 it was early in the morning I put my did my was early in the morning I put my did my was early in the morning I put my did my rankings of the years ah you know best rankings of the years ah you know best rankings of the years ah you know best year the worst year 85 and 2004 year the worst year 85 and 2004 year the worst year 85 and 2004 are tied and then 2008 2009 the 2000s are tied and then 2008 2009 the 2000s are tied and then 2008 2009 the 2000s were pretty good dealing with were pretty good dealing with were pretty good dealing with cataloguing of your life like this is cataloguing of your life like this is cataloguing of your life like this is kind of a little bit unusual ball oh kind of a little bit unusual ball oh kind of a little bit unusual ball oh yeah definitely unusual but I think that yeah definitely unusual but I think that yeah definitely unusual but I think that this is what people with like me do this is what people with like me do this is what people with like me do they’d have a good memory cuz that’s one they’d have a good memory cuz that’s one they’d have a good memory cuz that’s one of the common things they say they of the common things they say they of the common things they say they catalogue stuff Bob’s behavior did seem catalogue stuff Bob’s behavior did seem catalogue stuff Bob’s behavior did seem a little obsessive but remembering his a little obsessive but remembering his a little obsessive but remembering his history was clearly something he enjoyed history was clearly something he enjoyed history was clearly something he enjoyed I like having my memories you know I I like having my memories you know I I like having my memories you know I mean nobody else is gonna remember my mean nobody else is gonna remember my mean nobody else is gonna remember my life so why shouldn’t I you know for life so why shouldn’t I you know for life so why shouldn’t I you know for Jill I never met Jill but I know for her Jill I never met Jill but I know for her Jill I never met Jill but I know for her that she is haunted by her memories and that she is haunted by her memories and that she is haunted by her memories and you know there so I think it varies with you know there so I think it varies with you know there so I think it varies with it with all of us it was certainly true that Jill was it was certainly true that Jill was it was certainly true that Jill was troubled by her memories and there was a troubled by her memories and there was a troubled by her memories and there was a limit to how much of her life she was limit to how much of her life she was limit to how much of her life she was prepared to share oh hi Jill how you doing okay what about um what about driving okay what about um what about driving okay what about um what about driving could we do a little bit of driving with could we do a little bit of driving with could we do a little bit of driving with you do you mind talking about while we drive do you mind talking about while we drive do you mind talking about while we drive are the particular things that you’re are the particular things that you’re are the particular things that you’re happy to talk about I just tell them to happy to talk about I just tell them to happy to talk about I just tell them to I’m just I have no problem talking about I’m just I have no problem talking about I’m just I have no problem talking about any of this stuff I just don’t really any of this stuff I just don’t really any of this stuff I just don’t really feel like opening up my life you know feel like opening up my life you know feel like opening up my life you know III that’s I don’t need to do that I III that’s I don’t need to do that I III that’s I don’t need to do that I don’t want to do that but Jill had don’t want to do that but Jill had don’t want to do that but Jill had decided to bring something to show me decided to bring something to show me decided to bring something to show me the very thing the Wired magazine the very thing the Wired magazine the very thing the Wired magazine article had said was evidence of article had said was evidence of article had said was evidence of obsession with her past yeah now I don’t obsession with her past yeah now I don’t obsession with her past yeah now I don’t really let people read these this is my really let people read these this is my really let people read these this is my journal I’ve gotten in arguments with journal I’ve gotten in arguments with journal I’ve gotten in arguments with people about wanting to read my journal people about wanting to read my journal people about wanting to read my journal like it’s not gonna have it it’s got like it’s not gonna have it it’s got like it’s not gonna have it it’s got everything everything everything everything everything everything everything everything everything everybody everything everybody everything everybody everything it looks very densely written it is I it looks very densely written it is I it looks very densely written it is I don’t like line paper though I feel don’t like line paper though I feel don’t like line paper though I feel constricted to the line paper so how constricted to the line paper so how constricted to the line paper so how many things like this do you have Jill I many things like this do you have Jill I many things like this do you have Jill I started writing in a journal in December started writing in a journal in December started writing in a journal in December of 1976 this is the day and then it goes of 1976 this is the day and then it goes of 1976 this is the day and then it goes to the other side that’s why I wrote to the other side that’s why I wrote to the other side that’s why I wrote really small how often do you read really small how often do you read really small how often do you read something like any of it I’ve only had something like any of it I’ve only had something like any of it I’ve only had to let go back and get all these because to let go back and get all these because to let go back and get all these because of you guys I know I don’t reread these of you guys I know I don’t reread these of you guys I know I don’t reread these I don’t need to I don’t want to I once I don’t need to I don’t want to I once I don’t need to I don’t want to I once it’s down it’s down and done and it’s it’s down it’s down and done and it’s it’s down it’s down and done and it’s you know it’s put away there’s not you know it’s put away there’s not you know it’s put away there’s not possible to sit and memorize I mean this possible to sit and memorize I mean this possible to sit and memorize I mean this is just like a smidge of sure of what is just like a smidge of sure of what is just like a smidge of sure of what them kind of how many journals I have them kind of how many journals I have them kind of how many journals I have and that would mean that I would just be and that would mean that I would just be and that would mean that I would just be sitting and spending all my days reading sitting and spending all my days reading sitting and spending all my days reading my journals and that’s the biggest bunch my journals and that’s the biggest bunch my journals and that’s the biggest bunch of that I’ve ever heard in my of that I’ve ever heard in my of that I’ve ever heard in my life life life it’s I don’t write this to remember I it’s I don’t write this to remember I it’s I don’t write this to remember I write it so that I don’t go crazy [Music] [Music] [Music] I left without an explanation of how I left without an explanation of how I left without an explanation of how these people remembered but with an these people remembered but with an these people remembered but with an understanding of how their ability could understanding of how their ability could understanding of how their ability could complicate life complicate life complicate life [Music] when I returned to see aurelion I when I returned to see aurelion I when I returned to see aurelion I wondered how similar he was to the wondered how similar he was to the wondered how similar he was to the people I’d met he’d always said that his people I’d met he’d always said that his people I’d met he’d always said that his ability to remember so much didn’t ability to remember so much didn’t ability to remember so much didn’t trouble him at all and God that was I trouble him at all and God that was I trouble him at all and God that was I knew that was Mount Fuji day that was on knew that was Mount Fuji day that was on knew that was Mount Fuji day that was on your birthday 2008 being able to look at your birthday 2008 being able to look at your birthday 2008 being able to look at the photographs brings back memories of the photographs brings back memories of the photographs brings back memories of the places we used to go the things we the places we used to go the things we the places we used to go the things we used to do I place a lot of importance used to do I place a lot of importance used to do I place a lot of importance on photos as well if they’re similar not on photos as well if they’re similar not on photos as well if they’re similar not taking photos of something I instantly taking photos of something I instantly taking photos of something I instantly do it and I think that a photo is the do it and I think that a photo is the do it and I think that a photo is the closest thing you can get actually to a closest thing you can get actually to a closest thing you can get actually to a sort of making a memory into an object sort of making a memory into an object sort of making a memory into an object really it’s a concrete memory I here I really it’s a concrete memory I here I really it’s a concrete memory I here I didn’t ever go delaying it’s um it’s didn’t ever go delaying it’s um it’s didn’t ever go delaying it’s um it’s infallible aurelion had surprised me by remembering aurelion had surprised me by remembering aurelion had surprised me by remembering the start dates of seven series of the start dates of seven series of the start dates of seven series of television show Big Brother the fourth television show Big Brother the fourth television show Big Brother the fourth series started on the 23rd of May 2003 series started on the 23rd of May 2003 series started on the 23rd of May 2003 which was a Friday the 5th Theory which was a Friday the 5th Theory which was a Friday the 5th Theory started on the 28th of May 2004 which started on the 28th of May 2004 which started on the 28th of May 2004 which was a Friday the 6th series started on was a Friday the 6th series started on was a Friday the 6th series started on the 27th of May the 27th of May the 27th of May Friday he even correctly recalled the Friday he even correctly recalled the Friday he even correctly recalled the date individual contestants were evicted date individual contestants were evicted date individual contestants were evicted from the house on 7th the year was a from the house on 7th the year was a from the house on 7th the year was a victory on the 14th Nikki was of it did victory on the 14th Nikki was of it did victory on the 14th Nikki was of it did on the 21st Jane was evicted could this on the 21st Jane was evicted could this on the 21st Jane was evicted could this be evidence of some kind of obsession he be evidence of some kind of obsession he be evidence of some kind of obsession he didn’t seem happy to be tested on it didn’t seem happy to be tested on it didn’t seem happy to be tested on it again the end 27th of May 2005 I do again the end 27th of May 2005 I do again the end 27th of May 2005 I do anyone’s you the Big Brother thing sorry sir I don’t want to answer that question it’s odd to communicate that I can just it’s odd to communicate that I can just it’s odd to communicate that I can just remember these sorts of things without remember these sorts of things without remember these sorts of things without even trying without them having any even trying without them having any even trying without them having any importance I just I just remember them I importance I just I just remember them I importance I just I just remember them I think that would be alien to a lot of think that would be alien to a lot of think that would be alien to a lot of people I think it’s also it’s also kind people I think it’s also it’s also kind people I think it’s also it’s also kind of a bit like when you remember I don’t of a bit like when you remember I don’t of a bit like when you remember I don’t know you remembered so my great aunt know you remembered so my great aunt know you remembered so my great aunt Margaret’s birthday stuff like that and Margaret’s birthday stuff like that and Margaret’s birthday stuff like that and people might think oh you’re really people might think oh you’re really people might think oh you’re really weird remembering like running people’s weird remembering like running people’s weird remembering like running people’s birthdays or you’re really weird for birthdays or you’re really weird for birthdays or you’re really weird for remembering like what I wore like are remembering like what I wore like are remembering like what I wore like are you kind of some kind of stalker or you kind of some kind of stalker or you kind of some kind of stalker or something something something when like I said it’s just it’s you when like I said it’s just it’s you when like I said it’s just it’s you don’t choose to remember it it just don’t choose to remember it it just don’t choose to remember it it just stays there yeah and at least I think stays there yeah and at least I think stays there yeah and at least I think you sometimes you you kind of have a you sometimes you you kind of have a you sometimes you you kind of have a warped opinion of what people think of warped opinion of what people think of warped opinion of what people think of it I think it’s unlike with Big Brother it I think it’s unlike with Big Brother it I think it’s unlike with Big Brother you’re worried that people think it’s you’re worried that people think it’s you’re worried that people think it’s weird like you have your some avid fan weird like you have your some avid fan weird like you have your some avid fan of it but it’s just it’s it’s I know of it but it’s just it’s it’s I know of it but it’s just it’s it’s I know it’s complicated to put across how you it’s complicated to put across how you it’s complicated to put across how you can remember something like that even can remember something like that even can remember something like that even though it means nothing I think that’s though it means nothing I think that’s though it means nothing I think that’s you know people always think you you know people always think you you know people always think you remember things which are important but remember things which are important but remember things which are important but I think it’s a it’s an example of where I think it’s a it’s an example of where I think it’s a it’s an example of where I remember things which are completely I remember things which are completely I remember things which are completely unimportant and have absolutely no value unimportant and have absolutely no value unimportant and have absolutely no value at all but I just happen to remember at all but I just happen to remember at all but I just happen to remember them aurélien seem to be interested in what aurélien seem to be interested in what aurélien seem to be interested in what was different about his memory before I was different about his memory before I was different about his memory before I met him he had contacted a memory met him he had contacted a memory met him he had contacted a memory research team at the University of Hull research team at the University of Hull research team at the University of Hull Julianna Matt Soni a professor of Julianna Matt Soni a professor of Julianna Matt Soni a professor of psychology had been scouring Europe to psychology had been scouring Europe to psychology had been scouring Europe to find someone with a raelians skill do find someone with a raelians skill do find someone with a raelians skill do you remember anything about the 20th of you remember anything about the 20th of you remember anything about the 20th of December 2009 yes it was a Sunday the December 2009 yes it was a Sunday the December 2009 yes it was a Sunday the weather was quite good was quite windy weather was quite good was quite windy weather was quite good was quite windy it was for me a sort of revelation that it was for me a sort of revelation that it was for me a sort of revelation that people can remember the weather on a people can remember the weather on a people can remember the weather on a specific date it is really really quite specific date it is really really quite specific date it is really really quite a remarkable thing to observe you know a remarkable thing to observe you know a remarkable thing to observe you know especially for a person like me who has especially for a person like me who has especially for a person like me who has a very poor memory do you have an idea a very poor memory do you have an idea a very poor memory do you have an idea which day of the week was the 2727 which day of the week was the 2727 which day of the week was the 2727 business Saturday I always claimed that business Saturday I always claimed that business Saturday I always claimed that actually this was not possible because actually this was not possible because actually this was not possible because normal memory does not work like that I think that I’ve solved one question think that I’ve solved one question think that I’ve solved one question which is this real and the answer is yes which is this real and the answer is yes which is this real and the answer is yes it is real the the questions that remain it is real the the questions that remain it is real the the questions that remain are how and why professor Mazzoni have are how and why professor Mazzoni have are how and why professor Mazzoni have been preparing a pioneering experiment been preparing a pioneering experiment been preparing a pioneering experiment that might unlock the secrets of or that might unlock the secrets of or that might unlock the secrets of or elion mind it is this exceptional cases elion mind it is this exceptional cases elion mind it is this exceptional cases that actually give the first hint you that actually give the first hint you that actually give the first hint you know the first clue to something that we know the first clue to something that we know the first clue to something that we don’t know yet something that really don’t know yet something that really don’t know yet something that really might change the way we look about might change the way we look about might change the way we look about memory retrieval so so it is really an memory retrieval so so it is really an memory retrieval so so it is really an exciting moment exciting moment exciting moment [Music] we traveled together to the professor’s we traveled together to the professor’s we traveled together to the professor’s homeland of Italy aurelion had an appointment at a aurelion had an appointment at a aurelion had an appointment at a hospital where the professor had hospital where the professor had hospital where the professor had assembled a trusted team they hoped a assembled a trusted team they hoped a assembled a trusted team they hoped a brain scan would reveal what happens brain scan would reveal what happens brain scan would reveal what happens when all relyon is remembering and the when all relyon is remembering and the when all relyon is remembering and the test they were about to do was one that test they were about to do was one that test they were about to do was one that had never been done before had never been done before had never been done before and I think that we should be almost and I think that we should be almost and I think that we should be almost ready to go now which is lovely which is ready to go now which is lovely which is ready to go now which is lovely which is exciting which is exciting Aradia can you hear me hora Liam’s brain Aradia can you hear me hora Liam’s brain Aradia can you hear me hora Liam’s brain had never been examined had never been examined had never been examined professor Matt Sony wanted to see if he professor Matt Sony wanted to see if he professor Matt Sony wanted to see if he was different to everyone else oh look was different to everyone else oh look was different to everyone else oh look at that sorry the very very clear at that sorry the very very clear at that sorry the very very clear picture of the corpus callosum which is picture of the corpus callosum which is picture of the corpus callosum which is this part that connects the two this part that connects the two this part that connects the two hemispheres of the brain that’s great the first scans revealed the brain the first scans revealed the brain the first scans revealed the brain structure and how well different areas structure and how well different areas structure and how well different areas are connected but it was the second are connected but it was the second are connected but it was the second hour-long functional scan that the hour-long functional scan that the hour-long functional scan that the American team hadn’t yet done American team hadn’t yet done American team hadn’t yet done [Music] [Music] [Music] we’re close to their end of this run or we’re close to their end of this run or we’re close to their end of this run or aliens brain activity was recorded as he aliens brain activity was recorded as he aliens brain activity was recorded as he remembered what happened on a huge list remembered what happened on a huge list remembered what happened on a huge list of dates and a second response and of dates and a second response and of dates and a second response and immediately the other blue okay good immediately the other blue okay good immediately the other blue okay good good control [Music] now good and what what is well look I now good and what what is well look I now good and what what is well look I suggested that we need to open a bottle suggested that we need to open a bottle suggested that we need to open a bottle of Prosecco congratulations earlier you made it congratulations earlier you made it congratulations earlier you made it I’m so glad so what came out from your I’m so glad so what came out from your I’m so glad so what came out from your brain imaging data and in particular brain imaging data and in particular brain imaging data and in particular from the functional data from the type from the functional data from the type from the functional data from the type of activation that is was a current when of activation that is was a current when of activation that is was a current when you we’re retrieving the memory you we’re retrieving the memory you we’re retrieving the memory initially yeah okay is that you were initially yeah okay is that you were initially yeah okay is that you were using a lot of visual areas so it is as using a lot of visual areas so it is as using a lot of visual areas so it is as if both areas are particularly strong in if both areas are particularly strong in if both areas are particularly strong in you and they really help your memory in you and they really help your memory in you and they really help your memory in the first moments of retrieving a memory the first moments of retrieving a memory the first moments of retrieving a memory it appears that all relyon uses areas of it appears that all relyon uses areas of it appears that all relyon uses areas of the brain that the rest of us don’t um the brain that the rest of us don’t um the brain that the rest of us don’t um there is something really extraordinary there is something really extraordinary there is something really extraordinary in this data because we have been able in this data because we have been able in this data because we have been able to see that early on really accesses to see that early on really accesses to see that early on really accesses memories very very quickly compared to memories very very quickly compared to memories very very quickly compared to the average person as if the memories the average person as if the memories the average person as if the memories are represented as a prepackaged fact are represented as a prepackaged fact are represented as a prepackaged fact that so become accent becomes accessible that so become accent becomes accessible that so become accent becomes accessible without much effort I really think that without much effort I really think that without much effort I really think that this might tell us about potentials in this might tell us about potentials in this might tell us about potentials in the brain that might not be exploited in the brain that might not be exploited in the brain that might not be exploited in more in quotes average people it is more in quotes average people it is more in quotes average people it is wonderful to to be able to be at that wonderful to to be able to be at that wonderful to to be able to be at that moment in which things might change moment in which things might change moment in which things might change there might be at this small revolution there might be at this small revolution there might be at this small revolution and how I think my brain caused the and how I think my brain caused the and how I think my brain caused the revolution [Music] [Music] [Music] the ultimate question is can we all be the ultimate question is can we all be the ultimate question is can we all be trained in a way that that allow us to trained in a way that that allow us to trained in a way that that allow us to to allows us to function luck or yen dr.

Align:start to allows us to function luck or yen dr. to allows us to function luck or yen dr. McGauran his team have a group of these McGauran his team have a group of these McGauran his team have a group of these people to study people to study people to study they’ve been comparing how the structure they’ve been comparing how the structure they’ve been comparing how the structure of their brains differ from ours but the of their brains differ from ours but the of their brains differ from ours but the truth is that neither of these truth is that neither of these truth is that neither of these scientists have yet made sense of this scientists have yet made sense of this scientists have yet made sense of this extraordinary skill it’s a very rare extraordinary skill it’s a very rare extraordinary skill it’s a very rare ability so we’re doing the Sherlock ability so we’re doing the Sherlock ability so we’re doing the Sherlock Holmes detective work and it’s the Holmes detective work and it’s the Holmes detective work and it’s the answer is going to be complicated answer is going to be complicated answer is going to be complicated we know brains of these people differ in we know brains of these people differ in we know brains of these people differ in some ways from other people we know that some ways from other people we know that some ways from other people we know that there’s some brain regions that are there’s some brain regions that are there’s some brain regions that are smaller some are larger and some are smaller some are larger and some are smaller some are larger and some are different in shape that’s something to different in shape that’s something to different in shape that’s something to beginning remember it’s Sherlock Holmes beginning remember it’s Sherlock Holmes beginning remember it’s Sherlock Holmes the mystery is not solved on page one the mystery is not solved on page one the mystery is not solved on page one and we’re still on page 123 after a summer spent with these after a summer spent with these after a summer spent with these remarkable people trying to find out the remarkable people trying to find out the remarkable people trying to find out the truth there’s one question that’s truth there’s one question that’s truth there’s one question that’s constantly played on my mind constantly played on my mind constantly played on my mind [Music] [Music] [Music] suppose it was possible to have a memory suppose it was possible to have a memory suppose it was possible to have a memory like this is it something the rest of us like this is it something the rest of us like this is it something the rest of us would want I feel like my memory has would want I feel like my memory has would want I feel like my memory has ruled my life I feel like no matter how ruled my life I feel like no matter how ruled my life I feel like no matter how no matter what my my memory has rolled no matter what my my memory has rolled no matter what my my memory has rolled my life it’s like I remember all the my life it’s like I remember all the my life it’s like I remember all the warts to really think about remembering warts to really think about remembering warts to really think about remembering like 35 years ago right now and and how like 35 years ago right now and and how like 35 years ago right now and and how you felt and somehow or what someone you felt and somehow or what someone you felt and somehow or what someone said to you and how that’s never changed said to you and how that’s never changed said to you and how that’s never changed you know it can be very very tormenting you know it can be very very tormenting you know it can be very very tormenting there’s not one day that I’m not like there’s not one day that I’m not like there’s not one day that I’m not like stressed out about something or thinking stressed out about something or thinking stressed out about something or thinking about something from 20 years ago that about something from 20 years ago that about something from 20 years ago that means absolutely nothing today but still means absolutely nothing today but still means absolutely nothing today but still bothers me or still upsets me or still bothers me or still upsets me or still bothers me or still upsets me or still pisses me off and it’s ridiculous but pisses me off and it’s ridiculous but pisses me off and it’s ridiculous but you know it’s like yesterday it really you know it’s like yesterday it really you know it’s like yesterday it really is it was as if it was yesterday is it was as if it was yesterday is it was as if it was yesterday [Music] [Music] [Music] I’m polished Cheers but I know you said that you could but I know you said that you could but I know you said that you could remember every single time we’ve met remember every single time we’ve met remember every single time we’ve met since we’ve been together so are you since we’ve been together so are you since we’ve been together so are you ever gonna get annoyed at me for ever gonna get annoyed at me for ever gonna get annoyed at me for forgetting no I really it doesn’t bother forgetting no I really it doesn’t bother forgetting no I really it doesn’t bother me I you understand it then Athleta me I you understand it then Athleta me I you understand it then Athleta mortals yeah it might be something I can mortals yeah it might be something I can mortals yeah it might be something I can get quite jealous of because you know get quite jealous of because you know get quite jealous of because you know your good days that we have together your good days that we have together your good days that we have together like today for instance you’ll remember like today for instance you’ll remember like today for instance you’ll remember forever kind of thing whereas I’ll kind forever kind of thing whereas I’ll kind forever kind of thing whereas I’ll kind of feel slowly just sort of fade out of of feel slowly just sort of fade out of of feel slowly just sort of fade out of my memory I mean there’s nothing my memory I mean there’s nothing my memory I mean there’s nothing negative about being able to remember negative about being able to remember negative about being able to remember any I didn’t there is I think the more I any I didn’t there is I think the more I any I didn’t there is I think the more I think about it more I think it’s a think about it more I think it’s a think about it more I think it’s a really nice thing really nice thing really nice thing to have and I think what’s nice is that to have and I think what’s nice is that to have and I think what’s nice is that now I know it’s something special now I know it’s something special now I know it’s something special I think I’ll sort of value it more I think I’ll sort of value it more I think I’ll sort of value it more [Music] you you you [Music] you

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