Clive

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His ability to perceive what he saw and heard was unimpaired. But he did not seem to be able to retain any impression of anything for more than a blink. Indeed, if he did blink, his eyelids parted to reveal a new scene. The view before the blink was utterly forgotten. Each blink, each glance away and back, brought him an entirely new view. I tried to imagine how it was for him. . . . Something akin to a film with bad continuity, the glass half empty, then full, the cigarette suddenly longer, the actor’s hair now tousled, now smooth. But this was real life, a room changing in ways that were physically impossible.

In addition to this inability to preserve new memories, Clive had a retrograde amnesia, a deletion of virtually his entire past... Every day he wakes up he does so unaware of his condition, yet his procedural memory remains intact allowing him to play the piano and even learn new music. This all suggests a very modular brain in which specific functions are carried out independently by separate parts of the brain. It is a truly sad state of existence for this man. The only thing that gives me pause is that he remembers his wife. It is clear that he loved his wife enough to remember her. There's nothing sad about this individual's condition. In a sense, Clive is blessed. Clive will never struggle in life due to his unwillingness to accept what is; that is, accept reality. His brain can literally not record time greater than thirty-seconds. He will always live in the present moment, which of course is the only moment. What a good woman to stand by him despite this horrible condition. It's amazing to see how he greets her every time like he hasn't seen her in months. He seems to really love her. It's a good thing that they both have that in their lives. It makes you realize how the people around you make your life worthwhile. The woman that takes care of him…...

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