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Wednesday October 19, 2011 1:00 pm Leave a comment
We only KNOW what we remember and what none of us knows is whether or not what we remember is what actually happened. This fascinating research confirms the impression we’ve collectively been forming over the past few decades.
I’m carefully observing my own memories (which probably affects them in unintended ways) and, for example, I know I did not witness the 9-11 attacks in real time. I was working at my main customer site and heard about them second hand from colleagues hearing about it on the radio. Only when I got home a few hours later did I start watching the TV coverage. I’m wondering how long it will be before my faulty memory tells me I watched it as it happened…