Volume 0, Issue 0

Archive for December, 2019|Monthly archive page

Get Your Story Straight

In Unfiled on 2019/12/18 at 12:26 am

Get Your Story Straight

First, go read “Brain scans show how ‘collective narration’ shapes our memories” by Emma Betuel, published December 16, 2019 at Inverse. Or, even better, if you have access through the paywall, go read “Collective memory shapes the organization of individual memories in the medial prefrontal cortex” at Nature. I’ll wait right here.

Didn’t read it? Doesn’t matter. The upshot is that what you know is filtered through the murky swamp of “what everybody knows.” Even though “everybody knows” that “what everybody knows” is pretty much garbage.

Let’s look at why “what everybody knows” is garbage next. Or first, if you didn’t bother to read any of the prerequisite material.

Read the rest of this entry »