Daniel Kahneman: The riddle of experience vs. memory


Daniel Kahneman: The riddle of experience vs. memory

There is an experiencing self, who lives in the present and knows the present.

And then there is a remembering self. And the remembering self is the one that keeps score and maintains the story of our life […]

Those are two very different entities: the experiencing self and the remembering self […]

The remembering self is a storyteller. And that really starts with a basic response of our memory, it starts immediately, we don’t only tell stories when we set out to tell stories: our memory tells us stories, that is, what we get to keep from our experiences, is a story.

What defines a story? And that is true of a story that our memory delivers for us and it is true of a story we make up.