Friday, September 24, 2010

The "Recovered Memory" Racket

A woman who "falsely accused her father of molestation" comes clean — "My Lie": Why I falsely accused my father. "That she came to believe such a thing was possible reveals what can happen when personal turmoil meets a powerful social movement, ... the 1980s feminist-inspired campaign to expose molestation, which hit feverish levels in 1988 with the book 'The Courage to Heal.'"

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OpenID danightman said...

There was a professor in Philosophy who was an expert in the study of the philosophy of the mind. He once told a group of us student at the University of Pittsburgh what he thought about the "recovered memory" thing.

He frankly thought it was hogwash, and that the people were recovering "memories" the therapists themselves planted. This was back in the 1980s as the whole McMartin Preschool case was kicking up in California. The "evidence" that lead to the family that ran the school being arrested was based on "recovered memories," and lead to charges of ritual abuse. This in spite of the testimony being often clearly impossible to perform, and defying clear on-the-scene evidence that the crimes couldn't have occurred the way they were alleged.

What also struck me about that is how at least one Science Fiction show from the BBC, Blake's 7, had these "therapists" number at least 10 years before this movement took off here in the US. The main character of the show, Roj Blake, is arrested and convicted by the totalitarian "Federation" on charges of child molestation based on the evidence of brainwashed children.

As for Salon's wondering why people doubt Obama's birth, if they want to assume Barack Obama is "all American", and wonder why the common man does not, perhaps they should look to Obama himself. The guy seems to love puffing up an air of mystery about himself; it feeds his internal narcissism.

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