When we remember something, we're taking bits and pieces of experience - sometimes from different times and places - and bringing it all together to construct what might feel like a recollection but is actually a construction.
Just because someone thinks they remember something in detail, with confidence and with emotion, does not mean that it actually happened, .. False memories have these characteristics too.
We all have memories that are malleable and susceptible to being contaminated or supplemented in some way.
In real life, as well as in experiments, people can come to believe things that never really happened.
Memory, like liberty, is a fragile thing.
Without independent corroboration, little can be done to tell a false memory from a true one.
You can go in there and change it, but so can other people.
My work has made me tolerant of memory mistakes by family and friends. You don't have to call them lies. I think we could be generous and say maybe this is a false memory.
To be cautious, one should not take high confidence as any absolute guarantee of anything.
We can't reliably distinguish true memories from false memories,
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