What we'll do
Focus questions -
1. WHAT ARE YOU GOOD AT REMEMBERING OR POOR AT REMEMBERING? Why do you think that is?
2. WHEN HAS A MEMORY, OR FALSE MEMORY, LED YOU TO BE OVER-CAUTIOUS, OR CHOOSE BADLY? Memories, personal and collective, guide our actions and predictions. Yet memories are fallible and often lead us astray.
3. WITHOUT MEMORY WE ARE NO LONGER HUMAN. SO HOW RANDOM SHOULD THE BUILDING OF MEMORIES BE? If you watch someone slipping into dementia (I have) you will see that they cease to be the person you knew, and eventually become almost no person at all. An infant makes a journey the other way. Between those extremes, individuals and societies have some control, yet how much?
4. WHEN HAS MEMORY, OR DISTORTED MEMORY, LED A COUNTRY INTO CONFLICT?
5. MEMORY IN THE BRAIN IS A COMPLEX PHENOMENON. WHAT ARE ITS STAGES AND TYPES?
6. IF YOU SET OUT TO IMPROVE YOUR MEMORY AS A TOOL, HOW WOULD YOU GO ABOUT IT?
7. AN (IDIOT) PhD SUPERVISOR ONCE SENT ME AN ANGRY EMAIL SAYING "MEMORY HAS NOTHING TO WITH LANGUAGE LEARNING". WHY DO YOU THINK HE WAS WRONG (... OR RIGHT)?
8. IT IS OFTEN CLAIMED THAT ASIAN EDUCATION SYSTEMS DEPEND UPON ROTE MEMORIZING WHILE AUSTRALIAN EDUCATION IS MORE CREATIVE. HOW TRUE IS THIS OF ASIAN SYSTEMS OR THE AUSTRALIAN SYSTEM?
9. GOVERNMENTS (AND COMPANIES) OFTEN WANT PEOPLE TO FORGET BAD EVENTS OR BAD PRACTICES. HOW DO THEY TRY TO ERASE MEMORIES?
10. WE ARE NOW FLOODED WITH A 24 HOUR NEWS CYCLE AND COUNTLESS OTHER DISTRACTIONS. HOW DO YOU THINK THIS AFFECTS THE NATURE AND QUALITY OF MEMORIES?