The Truth v The Story

We tell ourselves stories to fill in gaps of perception. The theory of reconstructive memory says that when we remember something, we don’t ‘replay’ the memory in our minds. Instead, various cognitive processes contribute to creating pictures in our minds. Show people the same video of a car crash and tell some of them ‘How fast were the cars going when they smashed into each other?” and the others ‘How fast were the cars going when they contacted each other?” The first group will ‘remember’ the car going faster than it was.


Language, beliefs, every type of cognitive process may influence a memory. When we tell stories, we are usually far from telling the truth. And this is when we are trying to be honest.

Despite the difficulties, we have to doubt the stories we are told to at least have a chance of finding something close to truth.

Winston Churchill said,

The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.

Posted On February, 03 Friday 2017 07:38 AM

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