Re: ality

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Date: Fri Feb 22 2002 - 19:32:31 GMT

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    >From: "Wade T.Smith" <>
    >Subject: Re: ality
    >Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2002 13:39:42 -0500
    >On Friday, February 22, 2002, at 12:35 , Scott Chase wrote:
    >>Reconstruction, itself, might not be so bad a way of looking at memory
    >>retrieval processes. If I'm trying to recollect some long ago
    >>experience based on vague fragments that aren't cueing up to their full
    >>potential, its possible that I might add something that wasn't there to
    >>begin with, creating more than recreating the original experience.
    >>Someone asking leading questions could result in my totally garbling
    >>the recollection.
    >The whole question of 'false memories' tags onto this discussion, and
    >both buoys and distorts it. It is also a very complex issue, one
    >inhabiting the very nature of memory itself.
    >Memories may, at all times, always be a process of construction.
    Your fellow Harvardian Daniel Schacter has written about false memories. I
    could stand to re-read his discussions of this issue some time. Too busy
    right now frying other eggs reading David Bidney's _Theoretical
    Anthropology_. He has some good stuff about Durkheim and Levy-Bruhl and
    "social facts"/collective representations. Also he talks about Bastian's
    *Elementargedanken* ("elementary ideas") which may relate to Jung's
    archetypes in some ways, along with Jakob Burckhardt's "primordial images"
    IMO. Julian Huxley got me interested in Bidney.

    There's a part where Bidney related conceptions of individuals as passive
    carriers/vehicles for cultural stuff too, but I'll need to ruminate on that

    In your meanderings about Harvard have you met Schacter?

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