The science behind Brian Williams' misremembering

It is commendable of you to confess your error.

But it would be remiss of us, The Internet Mob, to allow you to keep you job and dignity.

Please turn them in at the front desk on your way out.

And, no, you may not keep your stapler. That is company property.

Never let the facts get in the way of a good story (I’m not referring to Williams’ story).


It’s a long read, but recently-deceased journo David Carr’s article on his addiction Me and My Girls includes several encounters with very detailed memories that turned out to have a flimsy basis in reality.

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There is something that has been bothering me about this YANSS podcast:

In the beginning he asks his father about whether you could make up a memory like that. Except that is entirely the wrong question. His father was probably right, you probably DO remember something like that which actually happened to you. But it doesn’t answer the question of whether you could confabulate a traumatic memory. The two concepts aren’t related.

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