So something I've caught a lot of crap about lately is that I don't retain everything I perceive. I have a phenomenal memory (as many of us do), but if something is presented in a way that's not very good for me, I don't move all of it from short term to long term memory. That's just the way it is.
However, what the people taking this to mean I
cannot learn are not understanding is that I perceive far more than
they do. I probably don't catch everything, but not much goes unnoticed.
As I sit here now I am aware of the smoothie being made 25 feet away
(it has bananas and berries), I am aware of 5 different conversations
about 5 different things, I feel and hear the lights, including the one
about to die 10 feet to my right, the butt groove in the chair I am
sitting in, the crookedness of the table directly in front of me, the
grinding of the coffee across the big open space, the smell of the
daily special (I think it has sausage). When I go to the hospital or
doctor I can remember the names of the nurses because they wear name
tags. I notice what hand people prefer.
In other words,
remembering even half of what I take in would be remembering more than
many people indicate noticing at all. If I remembered absolutely
everything I'd have more conflicting information than I can deal
with-that threshold is already awfully close. Discarding some of those
conflicting details is how I have cognitive capacity to learn new things
rather than spending all my time justifying 2 opposite ideas as
So yeah. I learn just fine, thank you.