Psychologists Julia Shaw and Stephen Porter have succeeded in implanting false memories in about 70% of subjects in an experiment. These were not minor detail alteration false memories nor were the subjects infirm and senile. Rather, the subjects, averaging 20 years of age, confessed to crimes they never actually committed. Most people assume that human memory functions like a camera recording video, which is played back accurately. Not so, according to Elizabeth Loftus, a cognitive psychologist at University of California, who has been researching memory for decades. “Remembering is more of a creative process: We shape our impressions from a wide variety of times and places into something that ‘feels’ like a memory.”
“Feels like” is the operant phrase, not only in memory experiments but, more unfortunately, the driving force re-shaping “post modern” reality. According to memory researchers, both imagined and real experiences are stored within the same region of the brain. Therefore we are unable to differentiate between fantasy and reality based solely on the content of a story we remember. All we can do is gauge our memories for plausibility and coherence. In fact Julia Shaw, the aforementioned psychologist, said that “each time you tell a story you change the memory of it. Every memory we have is chock-full of errors. I would even go as far as saying that memory is largely an illusion.”
Unfortunate examples include what are called “false confessions” in criminology. In the United States false confessions play a role in 1 out of 4 wrongful convictions that are overturned by DNA evidence. One very sad example is a man named Damon Thibodeaux. He confessed to a raping and murdering his cousin after being subjected to 9 hours of interrogation and 35 hours without sleep. In truth, he had not committed that crime, yet he really thought that he was confessing to something he did. He ended up spending 16 years on death row in solitary confinement for being released on new DNA evidence. If you find this whole idea fascinating, you can read more here. false memory
My emphasis in this post is on a much larger context. Just as we see those thick cloud formations while flying and they look solid enough to walk on, we function from the assumption that what we remember, and therefore what we feel (since feelings are generated by memories), is real and substantial. This is the basis of all “post-modern” theories and constructs. The post-modern (strictly material and relativistic) worldview is that feelings are superior to facts, especially in the realm of biology! The most pernicious example in my humble opinion is the current fad of “gender identification” (“the heck with X and Y chromosomes, today I feel like a girl”) and the dubious new psychological malady “gender dysphoria.” In post-modern parlance, if you accept your biological sex, you are not normal (there’s no such thing), you are “cis-gender” (??)!
There’s a bit of a problem though. Like trying to walk on a cloud, all this theorizing is based on false impressions–memories and feelings that are as often as not illusory. But the consequences of this foolishness are real. Removal of healthy organs, metabolism-destroying hormones (“puberty blockers” for instance), depression and suicide are some of the tragic effects of the “cloud-walking” feelings-worship. Where will it end? Hatred of your nature is really hatred of the Creator, and worshipping at the altar of your feelings is the worst kind of slavery. Human beings WILL worship….something. The ancient pagans worshipped the sun, the moon, idols of wood and stone, the modern pagans worship their feelings. At least sun, moon, wood and stone have substance. What do feelings have?