We know how hard it is sometimes to remember past events. We may even suspect that some of our memories aren’t certain but there is no way to create a memory of something which didn’t happen. Or is it?
Could you be convinced of a crime?
Despite our desire to be certain of memory, it’s now being realised in the legal world how often poor interview techniques can implant memories which even the accused believe are true. By testing a group of 60 students in three weekly 40 minute interviews, it was possible to implant false memories simply by mixing real and false information.
We can all realise we may be missing something and if an interviewer confidently intersperses false content with true information, it’s too easy to think our memory is faulty.
In the experiment the 60 students were presented with both correct and false information, which involved them as a teen, including false events relating to a crime of assault or theft. They were prompted to think harder to try to remember the false memory. [click to continue…]
After a hard day dealing with humans and their penchant for stairs, even the most hardened Dalek needs some gently relaxation time.
To help unwind, our mutant, biological/robot overlords have a simple method, to help you find the inner peace they find so comforting as they travel the universe exterminating all life forms to bring inner peace and harmony.
Think of some experiences from your life, you know the ones, we all have them.
The everyday events like the smell of freshly washed hair…
The sights of full green growth on a tree against a brilliant blue background sky…
The eye watering pain as you snap your ankle when you fall over a curb while texting…
Those sort of experiences.
These are the experiences of life which you could easily mistaken for as being identical to everyone else’s experiences in the same situation. They’re not. You’re falling into the cognitive pitfall of Theory of Mind especially The Illusion of Transparency where we all think everyone else is aware of the same things as us.
Let’s try to share colour…
Colour is one of the most obvious and as your humble scribe knows too well, being colour deficient means I see the world different to you but there is no way of sharing what my experience is. And neither is it possible for you to share your experiences of qualia. [click to continue…]
Emily Hemsworth 1925, killed her three-week-old son but could not remember any details of the murder. She was found not guilty due to insanity. Hemsworth was to be detained in custody until judged fit to return to society – it is unknown if she was ever released. Aged 24.
I couldn’t help myself I was just (insert dysfunctional condition of your choice here…)
Whether it’s anger, sadness or euphoria, brought on by experiences or physiology (what else is there?) we’re all reacting with the chemistry that affects our minds. So how much are we in control of what we say, think and do?
And if anything we do is based on our past and current experiences, then how much control over ourselves do we have? Where is there any free-will in deciding to act on a situation? I would suggest there is no free-will and it’s all biology. Yes, determinism if you wish to name it.
She didn’t do it. It was her hormones!
In this episode of Criminal we have a story of women claiming disability of their actions on PMS and PMDD and what that means for the legal process.
More, More give me MOOOOORE!
or maybe just go SlOMO.
Are you chasing it? Looking for that thing that will make you happy?
Maybe you can find something, not this, but Your version of this.
You’re not a successful neurologist like Dr. John Kitchin and maybe you don’t want to find the sun so you can go SLOMO all day on your inline skates.
But maybe… Just maybe, there is your version of this, that fits your personality and suits you. Can you hear it whispering in your left ear, to have a try at… To take the time from the rat-race and find the space for your version of SLOMO.
The older I get and the more I learn, maybe, just maybe, amongst that knowledge, a little wisdom is arising. And my most profound wisdom (if any), is that nothing is simply yes or no, good or bad, black or white. It’s all shades of grey. The best I can do, is to lightly hold any opinion I have because it’s open to change with just the tiniest morsel of new knowledge.
People make the mistake of thinking holding a middle ground is not having an opinion but the point is the strongest, most powerful opinion you can have, is to know that whatever you choose at any time to think is the possibility is completely open to change with new knowledge, you just don’t have the knowledge yet.
Life isn’t binary.
So let’s let someone with a more literary style share what it’s like to sit on the fence.
It’s rare for a leader, at any time or place to show true humility. Sure some may fake it while campaigning but once they become the incumbent then it’s time for the advantages of power, surrounded by the sycophants who desire the crumbs of advantage. Rarely does someone come along to show through example true humility.
The Poorest President.
José Mujica is referred to as the worlds poorest president, a label he quickly and emphatically refutes…
“Poor and the ones who describe me so.
My definition of poor are those who need too much because those who need too much are never satisfied. I am frugal not poor.
Frugal with a light suitcase. I live with little, just what’s necessary not too tied down with material things.
Why? So I can have more free time.
To do what? What I like. Freedom is having time to live.
Living frugally is a philosophy of life but I am not poor.”
With this attitude he has more than he needs, sharing his wife’s income as a senator and giving 90% of his own to charities like a housing project for unmarried mothers. Which he sees more as a duty rather than charity.
I found this insightful comic on Mused via Comics That Have Something to Say as a way of looking at the validity of an answer as only something special within the current world view, keeping the answer open to change and taking away nothing from the value of the question. Sometimes even to provoke a deeper answer.
We’ve started to see a chink in the armour of how we live our lives in the modern West. This site is about exploring what we’ve been told as fact but seems to be broken. How at a deep level we know this and what is the best way for all of us to live a good life. Some is new research from modern science, some is ancient wisdom and some is from the personal experiences of people around us. This site is about exploring all these avenues to shed light on the reality and the lies.