This condition, as everyone knows, is a rare one in which the possessor can recall in detail, every event in his personal life with photographic clarity. Whilst it sounds on the surface to be a boon to know exactly where you put the car keys and suchlike, apparently for those people who have hyperthymesia, it isn't the blessing it might seem. It isn't yet known what causes it, but apparently their brains work differently from the rest of us and disrupts the manner in which the brain processes thoughts and so on that don't require memory in the same way. I would imagine it creates a tension in marriage, when for example, you can never forget the occasions you argued or felt aggrieved by a disservice that was done to a joint account. The effort required to put it all behind you must be enormous. The ability to be able to recall every kiss and orgasm you ever had when love was in the air in the days before you wed and fret over being less frequent once the knot was tied, must be heartbreaking. It's always a popular and recurring theme on here to discuss how life was in the past, so I guess we enjoy what memories we have, however there are inevitably comparisons with life today and life back then, tempered between the "It was so much better when..." and "Kids these days don't know they've been born. The intriguing thing about hyperthmesiacs is the degree of control they have in calling up memories to order. Maybe in time when they understand the condition better, someone will invent a machine with electrodes they can attach to our scalps that will stimulate those areas of our brains that are overworked in the hyperthymesic and under-worked in the normal, such that we can experience the condition for a while. Who knows, if they do, it could become a form of entertainment that we pay for in the same way we might put a shilling in the juke box to listen again to the music of our youth for a few minutes. Would you like to relive parts of your life in Technicolor glory? How many shillings would you think it wise to feed such a machine with? You'd need to consider that a great evening may have been preceded by a horrible day. That the holiday you enjoyed the most began with three days of living in the clothes you boarded the plane in and you were tearing your hair out whilst they searched for your luggage and found it had been sent to Paris, Texas instead of Paris, France, or the other way round. I think I'd give it a shilling's worth to start off with and see how it went, but whether I spent another shilling would probably depend on how many minutes you get and what part of the day you'd chosen to be recalled. For example There have been times I've been stood at a bar and waited ten minutes to be served before saying to the bird I was with, "C'mon girl, I've had enough here. There's another pub down the road." I can't imagine I'd find reliving that experience would be worth a shilling. But then again, maybe they might be able to perfect a device like this to the extent there's a second set of electrodes that allows a partner to share your memories as seen through your eyes. Would that be a good or bad thing?