False Memories

Source: The Sage (

Whitley Strieber posted a similiar article on false memories on his web site
on 9/19/00 that CAUS recently posted on 9/29/00. In Whitley's commentary
( on the news mentioned in the
subject line above, he claimed that since memories are open to revision
everytime they are recalled that, "This means that memory engineering is not
far away. It maybe possible, for example, to erase traumatic memories
altogether, and to implant false memories. It also means that somebody
already in possession of this knowledge could already be engineering human
memory at will". What I basically replied to him was that he was missing the
whole point, that what this really tells us is how people acquire memories
of things that never happened to them, things like alien abductions.

In my opinion, Whitley's viewpoint on this matter is one-sided, he does not
seem to want to concede in the possibility that what he and other people
have claimed to have experienced could be solely an invention of their mind.
Now I will concede in the possibility that abductees experiences could be
real, if such evidence was available, but what we are able to imagine as
having happened to us is in reality irrelevant to what actually happens to
us. The logical thing to presume when presented with any highly unusual
experience whose veracity is unknown, is to make an *educated* guess based
on known facts. It is not a known fact that ET is visiting us, so that is
one guess that isn't educated but *fantasy*, and therefore is not a viable
explanation, since it is now a known fact that the potential for false
memorization occurs everytime we recall an event, especially if that event
had strong emotional content or was initially very unusual.

This also justifies my position on all hypnotically induced confessions as
being suspect. All that a hypnotically induced confession proves is that the
person under hypnosis BELIEVES they were abducted and not that they were
ACTUALLY abducted. Basically what a hypnotist appears to be doing when they
extract a confession from their patients is reinforcing their belief systems
and not getting to the truth of the matter.

So my question now is, are there any believers out there that are not
one-sided in their beliefs, believers that are willing to concede that
maybe, just maybe what they think they experienced might just have been
completely imaginary? Why or why not?



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