From Brian Williams to Vincent Van Gogh to Hellen Keller to you and me

a sky so blue the song sings itself” I SWEAR I did not write this line but I can find no attribution of it to anyone but myself. Go figure!

The brain is sooooo cool!

The author talking with in-laws on family vacation in Sunshine Coast, BC. Retelling stories is an experience in its own right. Who took this photo? Who knows? The author talking with in-laws on family vacation in Sunshine Coast, BC. Retelling stories is an experience in its own right.
Who took this photo? Who knows?

Here are my two cents on Brian Williams and the malleability of memory. Let’s start by fully acknowledging the limitations of perception. Perception of the world outside is very different from the record produced by a camera or audio record. Perception of our innards is even farther from accurate: is that a knife in my stomach or gas? So the information coming in to the brain, information from which memories are formed, is no great shakes to begin with.

Moving on from the dicey veracity of perception, let’s think about remembering. Stories are remembered and retold and remembered and retold. The more impactful the experience, the more iterations of remembering and retelling occur. Now consider the question: In what way is the retelling not an experience? Well in no way. To…

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