Truth in memory: the humanities and the cognitive sciences

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Abstract

Mistakes can be made in both personal and official accounts of past events and experiences; lies can be told. We know that stories about the past have many functions besides truth-telling: but we still often care deeply that our sense of what has happened should be accurate. The dawning realisation that we have been deceived about past events by those in authority, or that we have been deceiving ourselves about our actions or motivations, often raises strong or troubling emotions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProof and truth
Subtitle of host publicationthe humanist as expert
EditorsIain McCalman, Ann McGrath
Place of PublicationCanberra, Australia
PublisherThe Australian Academy of the Humanities
Pages145-163
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)0909897530
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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