"The broadest reason we forget is that in our everyday lives, we focus on understanding the world, not remembering it."
"Memory is profoundly important in retrospectively defining ourselves, but we don’t approach new events in the world (Physics) with the primary goal of remembering them. We appreciate, manage, enjoy, negotiate, confront, praise, love, argue, get through — all ways of understanding."
"We go to a baseball game not to remember it, but to enjoy ourselves at the ballpark (Physics). We don’t walk along a nature trail with the goal of remembering the walk (Physics). We don’t set out from our homes in the morning with the goal of memorizing our day. We do remember aspects of the baseball game and specifics from our walk and episodes at work, but only as a byproduct of comprehension."