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Thanks for the future memories

To the brain, remembering the past and visualizing the future look surprisingly similar

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2:35pm, June 6, 2008

When Alice climbs through the looking glass, she encounters a topsy-turvy world. People are punished before committing a crime, and sometimes fingers bleed before a pinprick occurs. Those strange events reflect a memory that works both ways in that world, allowing people to remember things before they happen. As the Queen explains to Alice: “It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.”

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