Received: by alpheratz.cpm.aca.mmu.ac.uk id TAA21052 (8.6.9/5.3[ref firstname.lastname@example.org] for cpm.aca.mmu.ac.uk from email@example.com); Fri, 22 Feb 2002 19:38:00 GMT X-Originating-IP: [188.8.131.52] From: "Scott Chase" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com Subject: Re: ality Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2002 14:32:31 -0500 Content-Type: text/plain; format=flowed Message-ID: <F198RaMAFRa7n1fdqAY000220ca@hotmail.com> X-OriginalArrivalTime: 22 Feb 2002 19:32:31.0950 (UTC) FILETIME=[ABE726E0:01C1BBD7] Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Precedence: bulk Reply-To: email@example.com
>From: "Wade T.Smith" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>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 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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