This is a very peculiar story for a number of reasons, for I am one of those people who suspect that there has been quite a bit of psychological operations and social engineering experiments being run precisely to see how people remember things. This article was shared with me by Ms. P.H., and I provide it as background for my thoughts:
Now I have covered this topic before on this website, and in a variety of books - Babylon's Banksters, Genes Giants Monsters and Men, and so on - I have talked about mind-manipulation technologies, and the awesome portent that they represent. Let's begin by making a few "accept for the sake of argument" assumptions:
- There is a connection between the mind and the physical medium (please note I said mind and not brain)';
- It may thus be possible to manipulate the physical medium via the mind and its perceptions and observations;
- There is a connection between the mind and the brain;
- It is possible to manipulate perceptions of the mind via various soft techniques and hard technologies; thus,
- It is possible to manipulate the physical medium via brain-mind manipulation technologies.
Now that's a nice, euphemistic way of saying that it might be possible to manipulate reality itself by manipulating perception and memory, an almost Leary-like enterprise. But could one do this on an enormous scale? Note the crucial paragraph here:
"Researchers have known for decades that memories are unreliable. They’re particularly adjustable when actively recalled because at that point they’re pulled out of a stable molecular state. Last spring, scientists published a study performed at the University of Washington in which adult volunteers completed a survey about their eating and drinking habits before age 16. A week later, they were given personalized analyses of their answers that stated—falsely—that they had gotten sick from rum or vodka as a teen. One in five not only didn’t notice the lie, but also recalled false memories about it and rated that beverage as less desirable than they had before. Studies like these point to possible treatments for mental health problems. Both PTSD and addiction disorders hinge on memories that can trigger problematic behaviors, such as crippling fear caused by loud noises or cravings brought about by the sight of drug paraphernalia.(Emphasis added)
Now imagine planting a lie not only in an individual brain, and thereby into the mind, of a person, but into several. Suppose, for example, in a few major localities we planted a news story about such and such a famous person dying, when in fact, they had not. Some people, who had seen the story, would remember it, whereas others who had not, would not. In today's electronic information milieu, it would be easy to do, and as an experiment, it is diabolical, for some electronic media would be reporting the contrary fact, that so-and-so had not died, and then the original "planted" story could be appropriately buried. The function of this would be to provide an almost flawless way of gauging the effect of certain types of stories on a population, tracking them and the story through the internet, and so on.
Ask around... I'll bet there is someone in your circle of friends or acquaintances who remembers some major event very differently than you, or that remembers events that didn't even happen, and that there's a major media source at the core of his or her memory.
See you on the flip side...