A friend claims that she can remember as far back in time as when she was the age of 2 yrs. old.
I think your friend was probably trying to pull your legs
: In a normal developmental situation, our brain starts to learn, experience, and interact with the outside world of senses, as soon as we are each born; and thereby, thereof the beginning of our Mind and Emotion to interact, form, and reform our Memories as accretion of information as Intelligence along the way, when we’re all growing up into adulthood—albeit normally, memorably, accumulatively, as well as renewably in our daily Memory formation, recollection, reflection, as well as expression, as those Memories in our active and creative thoughts, imaginations, fantasies, etc.
For a person to be able to recall vivid Memories as far back as to the experiences of a 2-year-old toddler, those Memories would have had to be traumatic or extraordinary in nature, so as to be able to make such Memories indelible in and for one’s life, such as, the experiences in child abuse.
Whereas in the case of (traumatic or persistent) child abuse, the ability of a toddler to learn, experience, interact, form, or develop normal Intelligence would have had been severely interrupted or arrested at childhood—at which time a toddler would have had been unable to continue learning, sensing, thinking, growing, etc, normally, sociably, associatively, emotionally, intellectually, as well as spiritually.
As such, if your friend had had a normal childhood—and her adult Intelligence was on par with her peers—the Memories of hers as a toddler were probably un-falsifiable or un-testable, and therefore un-confirmable or un-believable (except in and to herself); this is because all those Memories could have had been easily created out of her own fantasy or imagination of herself as a toddler, that she thought, that she might have had once been—an imagery of a toddler, that could have had been created in and by her now dynamic, associative, relative, fantastic, imaginative, adult Mind; and coupled with a self-reflective or imaginative childhood Emotion, of course!
Thank you all for your kind attention and cooperation in this matter. Happy reading, thinking, scrutinizing, imagining, and enlightening!
Best wishes, Mong 6/4/7usct12:11p; author Gods, Genes, Conscience
and Gods, Genes, Conscience: Global Dialogues Now
; a critical reader-independent philosopher of Modern Mind and Emotion, whose works are based on the current advances in interdisciplinary science and integrative psychology of Science and Religion worldwide; ethically, morally; metacognitively, and objectively—blogging avidly since February 2006!