Remembering. Verifying memories. Self-reference.



Research on eyewitness testimony has shown that false details put forth during an interrogation can lead some people to develop vivid memories of events that never happened. While this “false memory” phenomenon is alive and well, new research suggests that a bit of misinformation also has potential to improve our memories of past events — at least under certain circumstances.

“In situations where the original event was pretty well remembered, a later attempt to provide misinformation can actually boomerang and make details of the original scene even more memorable”, added Roediger, the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor in Arts & Sciences. (1)

Memory is a weird thing.

You can remember things that happened.

But you can also remember thing that didn’t.

The article claims that a seemingly irrelevant event can trigger a true sleeping memory. But on the other hand, how can you be certain that this is a memory of something that happened in the first place?

Every time we remember, we remember something we did not remember before we remember it. Every time something pops up into our thought about something in the past, we are always inclined to accept it and yet there is no way to know or prove that this is true – except by probing on our own… memory.

Self-decieving beings.

Verifying what we remember by… remembering.

Living in a world we know, based on… what we know.

Look the moon in the mirror.

Turn back to see.

It is not there.

It never was.

Do you remember?

Do you believe yourself?

Author: skakos

Spiros Kakos (or Spyros Kakos or Spyridon Kakos) [Σπύρος Κάκος] is a thinker located in Athens, Greece. He has been the Chief Editor of Harmonia Philosophica since its inception. Spiros has a diploma in Chemical Engineering, an MSc in Advanced Materials' Technology, an MBA in Decisions' Science, a phD in the use of conductive polymers in PCB industry and is still learning. He also worked as a technical advisor and a researcher in the Advanced Materials sector for many years in the past. In his free time he develops software solutions and contributes to the open source community. He is the creator of Huo Chess, one of the smallest micro-chess programs ever that is perfect for educational purposes. He believes that science and religion are two sides of the same coin and is profoundly interested in Religion and Science philosophy, as well as the philosophy of the irrational. His philosophical work is mainly concentrated on an effort to free thinking of "logic" and reconcile all philosophical opinions under the umbrella of the "One" that Parmenides - one of the first thinkers - visualized. Since our thought is dictated by our assumptions, the only way to free it and know cosmos as it is, is to think irrationally and destroy everything we have built. The "Harmonia Philosophica" articles program is the tool that will accomplish that. Life's purpose is to be defeated by greater things. And the most important things in life are illogical. We must fight the dogmatic belief in "logic" if we are to stay humans. We should stop thinking in order to think. Credo quia absurdum! View all posts by skakos

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