Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Question of the day: Did it really happen?


You have a memory of something but no photos that captured it. You have no physical items related to the event. There is no one who can corroborate your experience. All you have is your memory.

So like the proverbial tree falling in the woods, did the event which created the memory actually happen? And how is this different from a lucid dream?

Your thoughts?


Anonymous said...

Yes. From 50 years ago and still clear in my mind. Waking up in pines, a view over a misted lake with the sun trying to burn it off.

Never to be forgotten.

Anonymous said...

Does it matter if it really happened? In your mind it could have. Go with I say. Who is going to say you are wrong.

Speck said...

Answers to your three questions, in order:

1) Yes; in the plane of existence you inhabited in the time/space continuum when the event occurred. "Reality is that which, when you ignore it, doesn't go away."

2) In your ability to rationally distinguish and accept the two things are different.

3) Ancient wisdom:

Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream.

That last line takes on a whole new meaning in the context of this discussion.

Lila | Thanh said...

I think it doesn't really matter whether it was reality or a lucid dream. If it stays as a memory that doesn't really fade over time, it is of importance to me. Perhaps I am not aware how and to which extent, but the memory is there, and I'll embrace it. Personally, some of my most long-lasting memories are not captured in photos or any other tangible items, yet they at times seem even more vivid than what just happened recently.

Beth T Irwin said...

Having spent my life being my family's corporate memory because I seemed to have better retention, yes. It did.

Unless something disproves it and you have reason to doubt those memories due to illness, head trauma, etc., why would you question yourself?

Peninkcillin said...

Sometimes I get these memories from years ago and I simply can't tell if those things actually happened or not. I also recollect certain scenarios that feel very familiar but it seems impossible that they ever happened.

The mind likes to play tricks on us like that.

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