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Genetic Memory Theory - Examples of Amazing Savants
Genetic memory is a process in which a memory is passed down through the generations without the individual having to any firsthand experience about the topic of the memory." Genetic memory, sometimes called ancestral memory, is, in contrast, the genetic transmission of sophisticated knowledge itself, or they are the genetic transmission of the templates of such knowledge. One might refer to these as the musical chip, artistic chip, calendar-calculating chip or mathematical chip, whatever the individual is related with.

This theory of genetic memory remains a controversy. But a standalone British Biologist by the name of Rupert Sheldrake gave ideas about how we manage to obtain traits through our DNA from our ancestors. He proposed that every living organism has an undetectable field around it called "Morphic fields” that incorporates actions and then passes them on through that Morphic field to their next generation. This was more of a supernatural stand point which many scientists thought was a natural process of "memories" being planted into the DNA structure of every living being. Hence it remained as a theoretical concept that couldn't be proven because nobody could see it with the naked eye or with a microscope. Later many conducted experiments that made it possible.
Genetic memory theory was much proved and was undeniable in the Savant Syndrome patients. Savant syndrome is a rare, but extraordinary, condition in which persons with serious mental disabilities, including autistic disorder, have some 'island of genius' that stands in marked, incompatible contrast to overall handicap. Skills most often exist in art, music, calendar calculating, lightning calculating and mechanical or spatial abilities. Whatever the special skill, it is just related with massive memory which is present exceedingly deep and narrows within the area of the special skill. these skills present in them is often so remarkable that they would be termed at a ‘prodigy’ or ‘genius’ level if present in a non-disabled person. The prodigious savant represents a very high threshold group and there are probably less than 100 such known persons living worldwide at the present time.

These astonishing skills, abilities, knowledge and expertise, most often unexpectedly blow up at an early age, in areas which the savants have neither studied nor had any formal training. Hence prodigious savants innately and instinctively “know” things they have never learned. This was later coined as “collective unconscious.” Or genetic memory.

Leslie, who has never had a music lesson in his life, instinctively knows “the rules of music” according to professional musicians who have met him. George, and his brother Charles, unconsciously know “the rules of mathematics” and can compute multi-digit prime numbers, never having studied them, yet cannot correctly multiply 6 x 5, for example. Alonzo, with no training in art, has access to the “rules of art” which allow him to duplicate three dimension animals from a two dimension photo; he also was able to just instinctively framework his horse figures in order to capture them in motion, a skill other artists train for years to master. A music professor says, about Matt, the 14 year prodigious savant now known around the world as the “Mozart of jazz, He was seemed to know things beyond his own existence. He told that he never composes any but simply wrote down that which was already inscribed on his soul.

He is now a musical genius in his teen years. On a 60 Minutes program in 2006 the parents describe Jay beginning to draw little cellos on paper at age two. Neither parent is musically inclined, and there never were any musical instruments, including a cello, in the home. At age three Jay asked if he could have a cello of his own. The parents took him to a music store and to their astonishment; Jay picked up a miniature cello and began to play it! He had never seen a real cello before that day. After that experience he began to draw his miniature cellos placed on musical lines. By age 5 he had composed five symphonies. By age 15 he had written nine symphonies. His fifth symphony, which was 190 pages and 1328 bars in length, was professionally recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra for Sony records.

Jay says that the music just streams into his head at lightning speed, sometimes several symphonies running simultaneously at the same time. “My unconscious directs my conscious mind at a mile a minute,” he told the correspondent on that 60 Minutes program.

Where does Jay’s musical genius come from? How did he know about cellos, and how to play them at age three when never exposed to one before? How did he instinctively, at that age also “know” the rules of music when he had never studied or learned them?

They come with what was called as software, factory installed. These savants have inborn access to intricate knowledge they never learned off. They remember, genetically, things they have never learned. Genetic memory—factory installed software—exists in the prodigious savant, and believe to exists in all of us. It is a huge reservoir of generally hidden knowledge and talent, which is present in all of us. But the special brain circuitry of the prodigious savant gives them access to that generally buried potential in spectacular fashion, permitting them to ‘know’ things they never learned.

could you please explain how memory is stored in the DNA..?
This topic just makes the study of the human mind even more intriguing. The brain itself is so complex being both a storage and source of information, that having this "area of genius" makes it an even more engaging field for study and observation.

BBC describes it this way, "At the heart of this new field is a simple but contentious idea - that genes have a 'memory'. That the lives of your grandparents – the air they breathed, the food they ate, even the things they saw – can directly affect you, decades later, despite your never experiencing these things yourself. And that what you do in your lifetime could in turn affect your grandchildren."

But with these genius savants, did scientists the least trace their genealogy?

In the field of psychology, genetic memory actually exists at birth however with the absence of any related sensory experience, and over time gets incorporated in our genomes. It is also observed to be associated by the term racial memory which was first described by Carl Jung. He stated that racial memories are like memories, ideas, and feelings passed down from our ancestors being a part of the "collective unconscious".

At a similar stance, there is also the term Deja vu. It means "already seen" in French and is a phenomenon where strong sensations are felt during an experience or event which may somehow be related to the past. The thing is, in deja vu, it may have happened or not at all. According to Edward Titchener a psychologist who wrote A Textbook of Psychology in 1928, deja vu is having a short glimpse of a situation or object before the mind has completed the forming of a full and conscious perception of such an experience.

As Oscar Wilde puts it, “Memory... is the diary that we all carry about with us.” Only what’s extra mysterious is that, for some, those memories didn’t necessarily happen in their lifetime.
Lyka Candelario, RN

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