The ability to retain and recall information is an imperfect process even at the best of times — a shortcoming that now appears to be no accident. A new study shows that our brains are actively making us forget unimportant details, and that if it didn't, we'd probably go insane.
Indeed, people with so-called "photographic memory," or eidetic memory, claim to be living in a kind of hell. One person with this capacity, Jill Price, complained that: "Most have called it a gift but I call it a burden. I run my entire life through my head every day and it drives me crazy!!!"