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False memories: why we experience tricks of the mind. Rob Nash had been excited to meet the former British newsreader Trevor McDonald at his sister’s graduation ceremony.

False memories: why we experience tricks of the mind

“He was getting some kind of honorary degree,” Nash recalls. “I was sat right at the back, so all I could see was that he was wearing this awful, garishly multicoloured graduation robe. His speech seemed to go on and on, but afterwards I got the chance to meet him in person.” But Nash – a psychologist at Aston University – discovered a few years later that McDonald hadn’t been at that event at all.

In fact, Nash realised that even he wasn’t at his sister’s graduation. False memories like this are common. In an interview in The Times, novelist Ian McEwan described a similar false memory, of an “incredibly beautiful” novella that he was convinced he’d written and then stowed somewhere in a drawer after he’d moved house. Nash might have expected to be better at spotting his false memory, though – he specialises in studying them.

Remember, remember? Imagined futures. The Irish Civil War 1922 1923. The American Civil War. "Thus I Refute Beelzy" by John Collier (story read by Tom O'Bedlam) The Present (2014) Bigfoot (Documentary) The Great UFO Debate. The good news is that polls continue to show that between one and two-thirds of the public thinks that extraterrestrial life exists.

The Great UFO Debate

The weird news is that a similar fraction thinks that some of it is visiting Earth. Several recent television shows have soberly addressed the possibility that alien craft are violating our air space, occasionally touching down long enough to allow their crews to conduct bizarre (and, in most states, illegal) experiments on hapless citizens. While these shows tantalize viewers by suggesting that they are finally going to get to the bottom of the so-called "UFO debate", they never do.

That bottom seems perennially out of reach. So what are the contentious issues here? And it's not really the point. Well, have they? Since the former are perforce ambiguous, the latter commanded more of my attention. Additional evidence that is endlessly cited is "expert testimony. " What about those folks who have experienced alien beings first-hand? Well, have they? The Simpsons - Edgar Allan Poe: The Raven.

Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell Tale Heart: Short Film. Edgar Allan Poe - The Tell Tale Heart with subtitles (Read by Christopher Lee) King Arthur: The Life and Legend. "THE MONKEY'S PAW" (2011) OLD WIVES LAKE MASSACRE – Neil Meili. About a hundred and fifty or two hundred years ago, in what is now south west Saskatchewan, a band of Cree camping on the shore of a prairie lake were surrounded by a much larger band of Blackfoot warriors.


In order to save the lives of the young and the strong, they slipped out under cover of darkness while the old and infirm stayed behind to keep the fires burning and keep up the appearance of an occupied camp. Cree mythology written in the stars. Kids call him the star guy.

Cree mythology written in the stars

That's because Wilfred Buck has been revealing the universe to awestruck students for eight years as a science specialist with the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre in Winnipeg. But Buck, who is from Opaskwayak Cree Nation, doesn't teach them about Orion or the North Star. Instead, he tells them about the Cree constellations, like Wesakaychak and Keewatin. "[As a kid] I never heard no other stories about the stars except Roman, Greek mythology, implying that they were the only ones who understood about the stars," he explained. "When I talked to the elders they told me, 'Everybody on our half of the world went outside at night and looked at the stars. In collaboration with the Manitoba Museum Planetarium, Buck has travelled to many First Nations with a mobile dome.

"I carry around the universe with me," Buck laughed, talking about his portable sky. But there was a problem. Instead, they told him to put science into First Nations perspective. Indigenous Arts & Stories - Wisakedjak and the Moon. There are many myths, creatures and legends in all Aboriginal cultures.

Indigenous Arts & Stories - Wisakedjak and the Moon

Some have great importance, others don't. It is up to us as individuals to decide which has more value. So with that I chose a myth to illustrate. It is the one of Wisakedjak (Wee-sah-kay-jak). He is believed to be the spirit that began the great flood long ago, and the one who watches over us. I decided to choose one I believe. This story starts with a family. The father of the family always knew one day that he would eventually die, and he knew that day would come soon. While they argued, daytime came but there was no sunlight for the people of earth. Wisakedjak, frustrated at them both, told them, "Because you are both undecided I will make a decision. And so it was said.