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March 06, 2005


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I thought there were two very interesting things about Randi's anecdote. The first was that even after Randi had pointed out that it is physically impossible to place someone into a straight jacket and handcuffs at the same time, the director insisted that his memory was correct. The second was the fact that the memory was relatively fresh, only a few months had passed since the incident. I must remember to bookmark that commentary so I can forward it to people who don't understand the unreliability of personal, anecdotal evidence.

Yes, false memories can be created straight away, they are not necessarily related to the amount of time that passes after the event. Randi knows that: conjurors are in the business of creating instant false memories.

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