Why your shoddy memory is actually a good thing

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  • Published: 12 September 2019
  • Episode one from our new miniseries THE MIND, EXPLAINED on Netflix. Watch now: netflix.com/mindexplained

    THE MIND, EXPLAINED takes a five-episode deep dive into how our brains handle memory, anxiety, psychedelics and dreams. Narrated by Emma Stone.

    After nearly a year of labor behind the scenes, we have an announcement for you: Explained is finally back! And during this year, we’ve turned our attention to a crucial question: Why can’t we remember what is in the fridge?

    Or more importantly, why can’t we remember most of the details of our own lives? Why do an estimated 1 in 3 people suffer from an anxiety disorder at some point? And why, when we go to bed at night, are we overcome with strange visions? Do our dreams actually mean anything, or serve any purpose?

    Our minds often feel like a black box. And the stakes of these questions go far beyond the fridge – to our fundamental sense of reality, and what it means to be human. How can we help ourselves, and each other, when our minds betray us? What can we do to take back some control?

    Scientists have figured out so much more than you might realize – and today, we’re diving deep, with 5 brand new episodes narrated by Emma Stone taking you on an adventure through the mind, available today.

    Our weekly episodes return, as well, on September 26th. They’ll be right here – netflix.com/explained where Season 1 also awaits any of you who haven’t seen it yet.

    Thanks so much to all of you who watch, support, and even teach the series. If you’re a teacher wondering if you can use the series: yes you can. Here’s Netflix’s policy: media.netflix.com/en/only-on-netflix/247606

    And for more ideas of things we should cover in explained, send us a note at [email protected]


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  • Vox
    Vox   1 months back

    Explained is BACK! With a miniseries: THE MIND, EXPLAINED takes a five-episode deep dive into how our brains handle memory, anxiety, psychedelics and dreams, narrated by Emma Stone. This is just the first episode – see the whole thing at http://www.netflix.com/mindexplained

    • The Ocean
      The Ocean  2 weeks back

      @Max Hill you mean dumbed down so that you didn't miss indoctrinating the children and those who have not had a descent education which is really hard to find a real education unless you are home school by a well funded and organized church program that bases it's studies on empirical factual evidence not theory based like this video one survey by someone that we just made up because we don't have to site or divulge who funded the study because "scientists said" there wasn't a real scientist on this program all I saw was actors reading a script and repeating what they were told and I challenge any of them to discuss this work of fiction with me. Anytime.

    • Nithin Ravi
      Nithin Ravi  3 weeks back

      Love the background music and theme music. Could you provide the links ??

    • Nithin Ravi
      Nithin Ravi  4 weeks back

      Intro music track please.

  • iqminiclip
    iqminiclip  1 days back

    Wait so why is bad memory a good thing?

    • illegal Lemur
      illegal Lemur  2 days back

      3:53 *golf clap*

      I’d scream and do circles if she did this in front of me

      • Rohith Kumar
        Rohith Kumar  6 days back

        Why does no one talk about the plane that crashed in pentagon?

        • A.R Shivakumar
          A.R Shivakumar  1 weeks back

          I couldn't even recognise my phone number properly. She is going for 500 digits for 10 mins!!!!

          • Cassandra Osborne
            Cassandra Osborne  2 weeks back

            I have literally no memories of my childhood due to trauma, so, cant relate

            • Martim Vilela
              Martim Vilela  2 weeks back

              So my bad memory is a good thing for my imagination?

              • YoshiPeach Mario
                YoshiPeach Mario  3 weeks back

                that's why man invented video recording

                • Spritemon 98
                  Spritemon 98  3 weeks back

                  I forgot how to ride a bike. Oh!! So that's how that got started

                  • jeonlyxoxo
                    jeonlyxoxo  3 weeks back

                    I loooooove this series....!!

                    • J Senko
                      J Senko  3 weeks back

                      Vox nailed it with Carly Rae, Joss Fong and Emma Stone narrating this series. Don't even @ me.

                      • Ben Krueger
                        Ben Krueger  3 weeks back

                        What is the credits (outro) song

                        • Ben Krueger
                          Ben Krueger  3 weeks back

                          Actually, after posting this comment I learned it’s by Jason Greenberg on Spotify,

                        • L P
                          L P  3 weeks back

                          Ben Krueger I’ve been looking for it as well it’s so interesting!

                      • joshmcwalters
                        joshmcwalters  3 weeks back

                        Very interesting, but did anyone else feel like they didn't actually answer why it was a good thing or have I just forgotten already?

                        • Thomas Gregory
                          Thomas Gregory  4 weeks back

                          Interesting to consider what this means for History as a subject. The conclusion of the study that memory (or our study of past events) helps us plot and envision our future confirms the idea that through looking at History we are able to better understand what the future will entail.

                          • Eva Browning
                            Eva Browning  4 weeks back

                            my latin teacher sent this to our class and i’m really glad i watched it.

                            • Ahsan Aslam
                              Ahsan Aslam  4 weeks back

                              If anyone found this fascinating, you should watch Nolans 2nd feature film Memento. It is an exploration of this concept of memories forming are identity but more importantly; how we tweak for the sake of the present and future.

                              • JenniOrVictoria
                                JenniOrVictoria  1 months back

                                So does this mean no matter what technique you use to help you memorise things, there is always a chance (and pretty high one by the sound of it) that it will be inaccurate in the future (since emotional memory disintegrates as quickly as normal ones)?

                                • Gabriela Malaya
                                  Gabriela Malaya  1 months back

                                  That is why this selfie generation is lucky because you have so much evidence

                                  • Henry mark Hordern
                                    Henry mark Hordern  1 months back

                                    I

                                    • so sleepy
                                      so sleepy  1 months back

                                      :ooo please upload the one about anxiety therapy is expensive i gotta do everything by myself

                                      • André Júlio
                                        André Júlio  1 months back

                                        Reminds me of how, in Brazil, many (many! Maybe millions. It's a huge meme) people remember Dragon Ball Z being interrupted by 9/11 when Goku was going to transform into his third form or something, but the anime didn't even aired that day.

                                        • Nithin Ravi
                                          Nithin Ravi  1 months back

                                          Love the intro music. Can you release it as a track ??

                                          • Varun Vig
                                            Varun Vig  1 months back

                                            Can anyone give me leads to who the animators are for the series? They've done a banging job!

                                            • Rhyannon Ashford
                                              Rhyannon Ashford  1 months back

                                              This is perversely fun to watch as a trivia nerd with memory loss.

                                              • Manu
                                                Manu  1 months back

                                                Anyone know the song in the minute 19:00 ?

                                                • Edwin Contreras
                                                  Edwin Contreras  1 months back

                                                  i have a memory of seeing Sophie Turner in person walking in downtown Montréal. i'm sure it's a false memory, but i really don't know.

                                                  • Awang Budiman
                                                    Awang Budiman  1 months back

                                                    I did it in one try: Once upon a time, there was a VEGETABLE playing a musical INSTRUMENT outside of a COLLEGE. Suddenly, a NAIL walks by with a long FENCE trailing on its back. The fence leads to a BASIN where you can find a MERCHANT. This dude has a QUEEN on a SCALE, weighing herself against a GOAT.

                                                    • pamela daley
                                                      pamela daley  1 months back

                                                      I know (because I'm interested and bookish) a lot about memory. This video was excellent and portrayed a complicated and many-faceted subject quite clearly and succinctly - thank you, Vox!

                                                      • Steve Lamberts
                                                        Steve Lamberts  1 months back

                                                        I'm not sure whether I should say wow or cry. What part of my brain and my memories can I trust?

                                                        • Rick Sanchez
                                                          Rick Sanchez  1 months back

                                                          Dreaming is sandbox for life. dreams prepare you for potential future life events. Lucid dreams are fun

                                                          • Lily Bingham
                                                            Lily Bingham  1 months back

                                                            Had to check twice because of the netflix intro. Is this somehow a netflix show? Are there more of this?

                                                            • autismus 630
                                                              autismus 630  1 months back

                                                              Arriba España 🇪🇸🇪🇸

                                                              • peter parker
                                                                peter parker  1 months back

                                                                I have a very important exam in a week and I'm watching this.

                                                                • Vu Canh
                                                                  Vu Canh  1 months back

                                                                  Totally a compelling documentary to watch. Thank you for your dedicated production and efforts to present the complex areas in a very easy-to-follow way.

                                                                  • Gaspard de Vulpian
                                                                    Gaspard de Vulpian  1 months back

                                                                    Incredible episode, well structured and draws interesting conclusions

                                                                    • Nithin Ravi
                                                                      Nithin Ravi  1 months back

                                                                      Good !!!!

                                                                      • Arlyn Irias
                                                                        Arlyn Irias  1 months back

                                                                        am I tripping or was this removed from Netflix? I swear I watched it on there earlier today and it’s not there now 🤔

                                                                        • Ryan Wu
                                                                          Ryan Wu  1 months back

                                                                          This is how people solve 50 Rubiks cube at once

                                                                          • Anurag Pandey
                                                                            Anurag Pandey  1 months back

                                                                            "Uniformly bad"

                                                                            • Jacob Piechowski
                                                                              Jacob Piechowski  1 months back

                                                                              Welcome to memory explained : 911 September 11 , 911 nine11 9eleven. Boring dull, research fact and examples everyone heard million times

                                                                              • -
                                                                                -  1 months back

                                                                                Jacob Piechowski shut your mouth and learn something. there’s always something new.

                                                                            • Brianna
                                                                              Brianna  1 months back

                                                                              Vox, you are a blessing to information, media and journalism. Thank you.

                                                                              • COOCO M.B.
                                                                                COOCO M.B.  1 months back

                                                                                It's so good made. Just a longer Vox-video with maybe a higher budget but it is so well done. I need to buy netflix to see every episode.

                                                                                • ኤርትራ EPLF ጎብለል ኣፍሪቃ

                                                                                  we have videos now, no need for poor memory telling

                                                                                  • Like Bot
                                                                                    Like Bot  1 months back

                                                                                    I must be on "the spectrum" because even after 20 years of an event my memory still matches my journal entries and 9/11 is no different.

                                                                                    • Rocketfish
                                                                                      Rocketfish  1 months back

                                                                                      Now I have one question that wasn’t answered in the video. I like the representation of “a fresh snowfall for the sleds” but how many times can you go on a trip before it starts to get get dangerous and or harmful?

                                                                                      • Casual King
                                                                                        Casual King  1 months back

                                                                                        What is the end credit song? And why is it not actually credited?

                                                                                        • rajiv mvg
                                                                                          rajiv mvg  1 months back

                                                                                          Thank you for this amazing video ... It's mind blowing :)

                                                                                          • AmitK
                                                                                            AmitK  1 months back

                                                                                            I came for Emma Stone, stayed for Emma Stone