Human Google!

Image Source: The Guardian

All of us are dependent on calendars, reminders, memorable photos, and google search bars, except a handful of people in the world, one of them is Brad Williams, who remembers EVERYTHING!

How fascinating does the idea of not forgetting anything sound? One read of the syllabus and A+ in the exam!

The majority of us don’t even remember what we had in our last meal, which is how mortal humans have been designed. Forgetting unnecessary information is not harmful, but remembering each and every detail can be overwhelming. Overwhelming or not, it is surely quite unique!

Brad Williams, resident of Wisconsin is the personification of Google!

‘I was sort of a human Google for my family. I’ve always been able to recall things. If you throw any date at me, I can tell you what happened.’

Born in October of 1956, Brad lived a normal life, unaware of his flawless memory until he could once link a date with memory on his fourth birthday. He thought it was normal to remember things everyone does.

He said:

‘I would visualize a calendar of that year and literally check it in my mind’s eye. I was considered smart.’

Later in his life, after a series of imaging studies, including MRI, he was diagnosed with a condition called highly superior autobiographical memory syndrome (HSAMS) or hyperthymesia. This condition is characterized by the astounding ability to remember the minute details of daily living, including past events.

‘I can pick a date from the past 53 years and know instantly where I was, what happened in the news and even the day of the week,’ said Brad.

There are only a bunch of people who have been reported and diagnosed with this condition: Brad Willians, Bob Petrella, and Jill Price are one of them. Bob can accurately remember the dates on which he meets people, and Jill remembers all the episodes of any TV show she has ever watched, including the exact day she watched and the weather that day!

Isn’t it overwhelming to remember all the events, especially the bad and sad memories?

‘I never feel overwhelmed with the amount of information my brain absorbs. My mind seems to be able to cope, and the information is stored away neatly. When I think of a sad memory, I do what everybody does – try to put it to one side. I don’t think it’s harder for me just because my memory is clearer.’

The ability to remember every detail doesn’t mean he never loses his keys; he does. He said:

‘The difference with me is I can remember the date I lost them.’


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Dr. Arsia Parekh
Dr. Arsia Hanif has been a meritorious Healthcare professional with a proven track record throughout her academic life securing first position in her MCAT examination and then, in 2017, she successfully completed her Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery from Dow University of Health Sciences. She has had the opportunity to apply her theoretical knowledge to the real-life scenarios, as a House Officer (HO) serving at Civil Hospital. Whilst working at the Civil Hospital, she discovered that nothing satisfies her more than helping other humans in need and since then has made a commitment to implement her expertise in the field of medicine to cure the sick and regain the state of health and well-being. Being a Doctor is exactly what you’d think it’s like. She is the colleague at work that everyone wants to know but nobody wants to be. If you want to get something done, you approach her – everyone knows that! She is currently studying with Medical Council of Canada and aspires to be a leading Neurologist someday. Alongside, she has taken up medical writing to exercise her skills of delivering comprehensible version of the otherwise difficult medical literature. Her breaks comprise either of swimming, volunteering services at a Medical Camp or spending time with family.


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