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In 1885, German psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus did an important study on how quickly he forgot information. This process led him to develop what is known as the “Forgetting Curve.” What this curve shows is that the human brain begins to forget information immediately after input. After twenty minutes of your first encounter with an idea or a fact, you have already forgotten over 40% of the details. Twenty-four hours later, you have forgotten close to 70% of the details.

 

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In domains of education, of which the Church is included, this natural decay of memory is an enemy. The goal of education is to have resilient knowledge; forgetting facts, stories, and details can be more than annoying, it can be

 

deadly. We want to have structures designed so they are safe to dwell in, and we want to use products that will not kill us.

Thankfully, the way to avert this crisis is to recall the information. The neat trick is that when you recall the information, your brain will forget the information at a slower rate!

This is part of the reason why Christians worship weekly: it helps reset our forgetting curve. This is why we have a calendar of stories from the Bible: we will once again read these stories, and hearing them again resets our forgetting curve.

We are having Sunday school at 9:30am for children grades kindergarten through sixth grade. Sunday school is often the first stage of helping our younger sisters and brothers learn the stories of our faith. As these are life-giving stories, learning them is therefore important. As we grow older, we can refresh our memory as we hear these stories re-sounded in worship.

God continue to be with you!
Yours in Christ, Pastor Paul+