The life and even inert matter have the own memory. She links the present with the past and the future together. The memory is one of fundamental elements of the Universe.
Thus, the memory is the immanent property of matter.
However, if we turn to the commonly used definitions of memory, we will see familiar ears of the strong anthropic principle. Wikipedia offers in this regard such a masterpiece: "Memory - one of the types of mental functions and mental activities to preserve, collect and reproduce the information".
Here is more a curiously definition.
Memory is: "The ability to store information for a long time about the events of the outside world and the reactions of the organism and to use it many times for the organize follow-up". Consequently, there is a person there is a memory, there is no man – there is no memory. Besides this definition (or rather - an attempt thereof) has surplus of meaningless characteristics.
"Long time" is how much? "Many times" is how much? "Information" - what's that here? What is this "response of the organism"? Finally, the "sphere of consciousness" - what's that? God knows what the author understands. The content was buried in these words. Possibly the author implied some sense. But definition must include only content, not sense. There are absurd definitions of memory amongst others, for example: "memory - it is not only the ability to reproduce the images of the past (memory of the past) but also of the future (memory of the future)".
These examples of representations of memory fully reflect the epistemological fog density which only increases with time. Only N. Wiener gave the most meaningful definition of memory as "the ability of the system to use past experiences." I believe that even this definition is in serious need of clarification. Here in a slightly modified wording quote definition of memory that I gave in the encyclopedia. Memory - is the system's ability to maintain the possibility of using past experience relations.
Relationship here - is any form of interaction. Examples of relationships in inorganic nature - is universal constants which represent an absolute memory of Universe. In wildlife these relationships form the content of levels systemic organization of its information mechanisms. They are dealt with ahead. Later, I will show systemic the pattern of their semantic field. The procedural particular qualities of memory features are not adduced in this post.
The most significant of these are presented in the relevant sections of my articles and books, in particular - in the encyclopedia of systemic knowledge. I think it is noticeably that today’s materials reflect the certain sequence: consciousness - information - memory. I hope that the next post will be intellect.