Hundreds of Thousands
How many people can you remember?
For instance, if you just thought about all the people you have met or encountered in your lifetime, what would that number be? Thousands? Tens of thousands? More?
I’ve become intrigued with this question after reading the novel The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier. The novel follows the life of a city of the dead. The novel infers that there is a world inbetween this life and the afterlife that is inhabited by the souls of those that still live in the memories of the living. Thus, the population is dependent upon the memories of the living. Which brings us to the question: how many people can you remember?
Try doing the math. Remember your immediate family, your extended family, your friends and acquaintances from childhood to adulthood, the people you see frequently on the street, at the store, and those that you’ve only seen once, but have left a lasting impression. I think this number of people can grow extremely large the longer you think about it.
I think it would be a good experiment. I wonder if there has been any research conducted on this topic.
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