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The Perpetual Now - A Story of Amnesia, Memory, and Love-logo

The Perpetual Now - A Story of Amnesia, Memory, and Love

Michael D. Lemonick

In the aftermath of a shattering illness, Lonni Sue Johnson lives in a "perpetual now," where she has almost no memories of the past and a nearly complete inability to form new ones. The Perpetual Now is the moving story of this exceptional woman, and the groundbreaking revelations about memory, learning, and consciousness her unique case has uncovered. Lonni Sue Johnson was a renowned artist who regularly produced covers for The New Yorker, a gifted musician, a skilled amateur pilot, and a joyful presence to all who knew her. But in late 2007, she contracted encephalitis. The disease burned through her hippocampus like wildfire, leaving her severely amnesic, living in a present that rarely progresses beyond ten to fifteen minutes. Remarkably, she still retains much of the intellect and artistic skills from her previous life, but it's not at all clear how closely her consciousness resembles yours or mine. As such, Lonni Sue's story has become part of a much larger scientific narrative-one that is currently challenging traditional wisdom about how human memory and awareness are stored in the brain. In this probing, compassionate, and illuminating book, award-winning science journalist Michael D. Lemonick uses the unique drama of Lonni Sue Johnson's day-to-day life to give us a nuanced and intimate understanding of the science that lies at the very heart of human nature.

In the aftermath of a shattering illness, Lonni Sue Johnson lives in a "perpetual now," where she has almost no memories of the past and a nearly complete inability to form new ones. The Perpetual Now is the moving story of this exceptional woman, and the groundbreaking revelations about memory, learning, and consciousness her unique case has uncovered. Lonni Sue Johnson was a renowned artist who regularly produced covers for The New Yorker, a gifted musician, a skilled amateur pilot, and a joyful presence to all who knew her. But in late 2007, she contracted encephalitis. The disease burned through her hippocampus like wildfire, leaving her severely amnesic, living in a present that rarely progresses beyond ten to fifteen minutes. Remarkably, she still retains much of the intellect and artistic skills from her previous life, but it's not at all clear how closely her consciousness resembles yours or mine. As such, Lonni Sue's story has become part of a much larger scientific narrative-one that is currently challenging traditional wisdom about how human memory and awareness are stored in the brain. In this probing, compassionate, and illuminating book, award-winning science journalist Michael D. Lemonick uses the unique drama of Lonni Sue Johnson's day-to-day life to give us a nuanced and intimate understanding of the science that lies at the very heart of human nature.
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In the aftermath of a shattering illness, Lonni Sue Johnson lives in a "perpetual now," where she has almost no memories of the past and a nearly complete inability to form new ones. The Perpetual Now is the moving story of this exceptional woman, and the groundbreaking revelations about memory, learning, and consciousness her unique case has uncovered. Lonni Sue Johnson was a renowned artist who regularly produced covers for The New Yorker, a gifted musician, a skilled amateur pilot, and a joyful presence to all who knew her. But in late 2007, she contracted encephalitis. The disease burned through her hippocampus like wildfire, leaving her severely amnesic, living in a present that rarely progresses beyond ten to fifteen minutes. Remarkably, she still retains much of the intellect and artistic skills from her previous life, but it's not at all clear how closely her consciousness resembles yours or mine. As such, Lonni Sue's story has become part of a much larger scientific narrative-one that is currently challenging traditional wisdom about how human memory and awareness are stored in the brain. In this probing, compassionate, and illuminating book, award-winning science journalist Michael D. Lemonick uses the unique drama of Lonni Sue Johnson's day-to-day life to give us a nuanced and intimate understanding of the science that lies at the very heart of human nature.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kaleo Griffith

Length:

10h 38m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:19


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:36


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:35


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

00:50


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:56


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:15


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:24


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:06


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:29


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:45


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:57


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:54


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:59


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:59


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:40


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:26


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:47


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:34


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:41


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:27


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:48


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:47


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:06


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:04


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:08


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:44


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:44


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:28


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:12


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:38


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:34


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:12


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:32


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:43


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:48


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:23


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:44


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:41


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:11


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:02


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:40


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:27


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:51


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:58


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:30


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:45


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:53


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:37


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:22


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:27


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:58


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:31


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:32


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:39


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:37


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:25


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:33


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:40


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:24


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:22


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:43


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:08


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:54


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:25


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:29


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:32


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:45


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:28


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:58


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:34


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:17


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:50


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:53


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:46


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:13


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:48


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:15


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:29


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:59


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:50


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:07


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:41


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

08:34


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:58


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:30


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:42


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:54


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:23


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

08:12


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:25


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:51


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:50


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

07:00


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:00


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

03:38


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:38


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

06:20


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

00:37