Monday, May 2, 2011

Einstein's Bucket Theory, or Reasons Why I Forget Stuff

A long time ago, I learned that Einstein thought of the brain like a bucket filling up with water. When you’re young, that bucket gets filled up and you’re able to retain most of everything you experience. As you age, the bucket is full and when you gather up drops of water, the same amount of water spills out – meaning you’re just going to lose that knowledge. To add to the unfairness of this concept, the quality of the knowledge is not reciprocal. So, if you take in the information that when your oldest son farts that your middle son will get seriously upset and a fist fight will ensue, you have the same chance of losing a similar useless bit of knowledge as you do losing what you learned about the scientific evaluation for the nature of quasars (everyday stuff, right?).

It was said that Einstein didn’t waste his time remembering useless bits of information, for fear that he’d forget or “lose” something really important – for example, he refused to learn his home address.

Now I don’t know if all of this is true, but ever since I learned this I’ve lived by this idea. I don’t know why I remember some of the things I do, and other things just completely escape me. Instead of feeling completely idiotic when I don’t know something I probably should, or when I forget something – I like to tell myself that it’s just a useless bit of information that I can’t crowd my brain with. I have to save space for stuff like the meaning of life and the day and time of my son’s class play. Oh, and also quasars.


  1. Great post! My friends and I often say, well..when we think someone isn't all there, that their cup may have spilled some lol.

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  2. Good points! Can I unlearn my address? :)

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  6. Hi! Thanks for sharing this. It's funny how it can happen. I used to have tons of phone numbers and addresses memorized. Now I can't live without my cell phone or address book but I still know plenty about my favorite books.

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  10. I am following you back! I have decided that the reason we forget things is that as we get older our to do list multiplies exponentially! It isn't that I am forgetting, it is that I have way to much to remember!

    Loved your ranting on the birds and the bees. I didn't think parents didn't talk to their kids anymore, everything is so out there. Kids start talking about things in school as young as 1st grade and by 3rd grade most kids have heard things, so if you want them to hear the truth, it has to be from you. You go Mom!

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    This post has made me go "hmmm..." What does matter that goes into my brain. LOL

  13. Hey..this theory works for me!!

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