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Forum: Reality and our Memories of It - Martin Squibbs

I have introduced my theory regarding the form and nature of our minds and ourselves in previous talks. In this talk I want to focus on it and clarify it.

At its core, I propose that our brains not only hold our memories of our past, our knowledge, and our future; they actually form these memories in the first place. In fact, I propose the brain is the only place in reality where such memories are formed, exist and can be found. And we, ourselves, exist and live within our brain surrounded by this “world” of memories. I wish to consider the processes by which we form these and other different types of memory, along with distinguishing between our emotional and objective worlds. I wish to recognize the language and measurement systems we have abstracted from our memories in order to compare, consider, store, share and better understand them, and what methods we employ for storing and sharing them. Finally, I wish to consider some of the scientific and ethical implications of my theory, if it’s true.  That is, beyond Philosophical curiosity, what difference does this theory make; to ourselves, to our human worlds, to life, and to reality as a whole? How does it help us to live more ethically, more truthfully, more joyfully, and with greater integrity?

After the Forum, please join us for a buffet lunch at 12:15pm.  The lunch is complimentary for first-time visitors and students.


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  • Andrea D.

    Wow! This speaker has an interesting POV! He had a number of us still chatting to one another after the program ended about the concept of time and whether it is reality or just in our minds. A delightful excursion into the sources of memory in an unexpected way.
    Andrea D

    October 20, 2013

  • Helen A.

    I found what I heard intriguing; I really need to sit up close to get the most out of this and other programs. [5 empty stars for my 'participation' and reception of content.]

    October 20, 2013

  • Susan M.

    Here's a fascinating TED talk on false memory:

    1 · October 19, 2013

  • Andrea D.

    I heard a program on KPFA (FM 94.1) that opined that some of our "memories" are actually stories about us and our families that have been told again and again until we have made it a part of us and experience it as a memory. However, I wonder if memories that have a picture attached are more real? For instance, I remember as a toddler seeing a milk truck that overturned with milk running in the street; I think it is a true memory because I remember feeling terrified at this disaster along with this vision.

    October 19, 2013

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