Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Memories, dah da da da da memories ...

Next subject: Memory manipulation. Here's something to start with. Any pajama clad psychiatrists out there?

Update: Interesting little article. It is an analysis of the reliability of recollections relating to Kerry's Vietnam service, but the last two paragraphs have relevance in Rathergate.
"Even if it was my own memory, I'd be skeptical about the details," says Christine Ruva, a psychologist at the University of South Florida. "Memories aren't stored in a data file of fact. Instead, we take all the information we know about the world, we know about ourselves, and we construct something."

Where does this leave Americans trying to evaluate Kerry's war record? Researchers say some memories obviously are true. But they tend to favor the ones expressed soonest afterward, especially when backed by documentation from the time.

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