Wednesday, 17 February 2016

The '90s called: they want their jargon back

Stop Calling It False Memory "Syndrome"

By Julia Shaw
Scientific American

I’m going to keep this public service announcement short because I don’t think this is complicated… although entire communities of lawyers, police, medical practitioners, and journalists seem to just not get it. Even Stephen Fry from one of my favorite nerdy TV shows, QI, got this wrong recently.

Here’s how it works; you just say “false memory”, without adding the “syndrome” part…

Friday, 20 November 2015

Jean La Fontaine: the Satanic Ritual Abuse panic

The British False Memory Society has just published an article by Professor Jean La Fontaine, who was commissioned some years ago by the UK Department of Health to undertake research into allegations of sexual abuse, torture and murder in the context of witchcraft and devil worship:

It is over 20 years since the rash of allegation that rituals of devil worship, including the sexual abuse of children, the sacrifice, and (sometimes) eating, of animals, children and even babies as well as other extreme acts of depravity were being conducted across the U.K.

In 1994 I reported to the Department of Health that in the 84 cases in England and Wales that were the basis of my research, I could find no supporting evidence for the existence of such a satanic cult....

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Sunday, 21 June 2015

'I Woke Up In The Future' – Transient Global Amnesia

Waking up in the throes of a sweaty nightmare, Naomi Jacobs whispered to herself that it had only been a dream. But the foreign tone of her voice sent her grabbing for her throat. Her speech was deep, as if it belonged to a grown-up.

Worse, sitting up in bed, she recognised nothing. Walls that should have been covered with teenaged decoration were dismal and grey. The curtains were different. Her Marilyn Monroe duvet cover was nowhere to be seen and her sister's bunk bed was missing.

 She stumbled down the foreign hallway and pushed open a bathroom door. When she saw her reflection in the mirror, her jaw dropped in horror.

"I grabbed my face and screamed, 'No! Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God ... I'm OLD!'"

Ms Jacobs was 32, but she had lost 17 years of her life to a rare amnesia. As far as she was concerned, she was 15.

I Woke Up In The Future is her account of forgetting almost two decades and getting a second chance to turn around a life wasted on addiction and regret...

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Photographs missing in Carol Felstead case

10th June 2015. In the UK, the latest developments in a major case based upon Satanic Ritual Abuse mythology:

Today at the Royal Courts of Justice, in the Strand London, the 2nd pre-inquest into Carol’s death took place. The hearing went well under very difficult circumstances. There were some dramatic key moments during the pre-inquest: the Senior Coroner for Inner West London gave an update of the enquiries that are still currently ongoing; she also confirmed that all of the police photographs taken at the time of Carol’s death, as well as an alleged photograph that was used to identify Carol, are missing and cannot be found...

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Pensioner cleared of 'false memory' farm rape claims

 In the UK:

A pensioner has been cleared of raping a girl on a farm in the 1970s, after a jury were told the alleged victim may have been affected by false memory syndrome.

Roger Mennell, aged 67, has never been in trouble in his life but has spent two years fighting the allegations which the woman made during psychotherapy sessions...

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Ruling favors defence in memory case

 Pennsylvania, USA:

The attorney for a 23-year-old woman must turn over reports of her mental health counseling dealing with allegations she has made that she was sexually abused by her father over a 12-year time span, beginning when she was 4-years-old, a state appeals court has ruled...

The father is facing multiple counts of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault — all felonies — and related charges, facing the possibility of years in state prison if convicted. He has denied the allegations, and has contended in court that the woman’s accusations are a product of false memories she produced as a result of her psychotherapy — thus the need for him to see the documents.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Emma Watson reveals repressed memories in new movie

The plot of Emma Watson's upcoming movie Regression seems to be based around questions about the trustworthiness of recovered memories. The trailer doesn't give too much away, but Watson's character accuses her father of a horrible crime.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Ultrasound technology in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease

In Australia, researchers at the University of Queensland discovered that using a non-invasive ultrasound technology in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease breaks apart the neurotoxic amyloid plaques that result in memory loss and cognitive decline...

The Health Report, presented by Dr Norman Swan on ABC Radio.

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