One evening, he mounted the F Train and the next morning woke up to an environment he didn't know, buildings he couldn't recognize, smell completely unfamiliar, and a sense of himself beta gone. He had grown up in England, moved to New York and worked a stock broker, became very successful, retired at the age of 30, lived in a beautiful loft, studied photography, was sharp and cynical and handsome, and unattached. At the age of beta 35, he experienced retrograde amnesia. This is the story of Doug Bruce.
You have an awareness of yourself but that self is in a nascent state, just emerging, almost as if out of the womb. And yet, your ability to learn, to beta walk, to speak, to dance, to live is all there. Imagine for a moment waking up not knowing who you are, you're past experiences completely wiped away, knowledge of your family and friends non existent, your wealth of experience gone. Who are we, what constitutes our personality and tendencies, to what extent do we act beta on instinct and how much do we rely on memory.