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Memories Are Really Fantasies

Question: How do we produce false \r\nmemories?


Ottavio\r\nArancio:  It happens in most\r\nlikely you were storing things in the brain and you are confusing from \r\nmaybe\r\nyour fantasy with the reality and… or, one possibility.  The\r\n other possibility, like you had the\r\nwrong perception of what you saw, so you’re storing this in a way \r\nbecause you\r\nare convinced that it’s that way, but it was not that way. \r\n Let’s say I make two good\r\nexamples.  I mean you’re convinced\r\nthat maybe you were not…  did not\r\npay that much attention and you’re convinced that person was dressed in \r\nred\r\ninstead it was pink or a color close to red then you store the thing \r\nthat\r\nway.  Obviously with time the\r\nmemory will become more faraway, certain aspects could disappear and we \r\ncould\r\nfill them with other aspects just to fill the gap, so we make up for the\r\n memory\r\nand we build up the memory in the time of recalling the memory we are \r\nrecalling\r\nstuff that occurred in other circumstances because when it’s a memory \r\nit’s not…\r\nOur brain is not a recorder like passive recorder. It’s more active \r\nprocesses,\r\nso being an active process there could be ways of you know changing it \r\nbecause\r\nactively we can change it.  That’s\r\nsomething which is important.  It’s\r\nnot our brain is like a tape recorder or a TV or a VCR.  I\r\n mean it’s not.  It’s more active than that and \r\nthere\r\nare several steps in the process of memory and recalling a memory which \r\nthere\r\nare many, many steps, several steps and each one of them as a memory \r\ncould be\r\nlabile and could be you know changed into something else, substituted by\r\nsomething else.


Question: Can you explain this process?


Ottavio\r\nArancio:  Yeah.  You \r\nhave to look at memory as a process\r\nin which there are several steps which they apply some interference \r\nfrom.  It’s not the right word, processing of\r\nour brain of this information and this is just purely active and it’s \r\njust\r\nchanged.  It’s like when you change\r\nsomething from analogue to digital just to make one of those things, the\r\n video\r\nfrom the computer and in the process of changing from analogue to \r\ndigital you\r\ncan change something and it would not be the same you know.  What if you change a chip or something\r\nand you change the yellow into a green, so whatever was yellow will be \r\ngreen\r\nand… or A, when I say an A you can even artificially change into a B if \r\nwant\r\nbecause if you tell the computer to change all the A into a B then \r\neverything\r\nwill be a B or sometimes during this process some A will change into a B\r\n then\r\nit will change.  There is some\r\nactivity, something that is there occurring and it changes.

Our minds don’t capture and record reality, but rather blend experience with fantasy—a process that often results in convincing, yet completely false, memories.

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