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Re: Abductions: A Funny Thing Happened...

From: John Rimmer <jrimmer@magonia.demon.co.uk>
Date: Sun, 10 Oct 1999 21:51:14 +0100
Fwd Date: Mon, 11 Oct 1999 16:43:19 -0400
Subject: Re: Abductions: A Funny Thing Happened...


 >>From: Jim Mortellaro <Jsmortell@aol.com>
 >>Date: Sat, 9 Oct 1999 03:14:55 EDT
 >>Subject: Re: Abductions: A Funny Thing Happened...
 >>To: updates@globalserve.net

 >>My memories are not pretty hazy.  Some are memories of a room
 >>with a haze, as if cloudy but the memory is vividly real and in
 >>great detail.  I am able to describe the detail of what I saw at
 >>age three or four, laying on a table in what I imagined was a
 >>hospital room. I'd never been to one.  I was taken there by
 >>ambulance.  I'd never seen one, yet the picture is indelibly
 >>imprinted in my memory.

The problem with "vivid" memories is that they develop over
time. They are not frozen in an instant like a polaroid
photograph, or recorded sequentially like a video-tape. Every
time we tell someone about our memory we help to fix it in our
mind: we create a narrative by repeating it. Doubtful parts are
edited out, other parts are reinforced by repetition and by
comparison with other accounts we hear and read. The more often
we recount our experience the closer we get to a continuous,
coherent - and vivid - narrative.

Memories are infinitely malleable. They are overlaid with things
we have heard and read and been told about. I had a serious
operation at the age of three and still bear the scar, but can
remember nothing about it. My colleague Peter Rogerson had an
operation at about the same age and has strange and vivid
memories of it. I doubt that my lack of memories denotes
"missing time" or that his involve abduction. But I'm sure if
either of us had met an abduction researcher at some time in the
past (before we started Magonia, of course), we'd be fully
fledged abductees by now.

--
John Rimmer
Magonia Magazine
www.magonia.demon.co.uk





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