There is a medical condition known as Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory (HSAM), the study of which can help us better understand how memory and forgetting works scientifically, beyond explanations that give agency to the human will in remembrance. Although we have learnt a lot about how we can better remember and retain information consciously assimilated, as in when we study for a degree, the scientific fact is that Sometimes we cannot do anything about what we remember or forget.
See this essay in The Guardian about HSAM and research on memory:
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