Pub-skeptics make light of other people’s memories. They make requent references to tape-recorders and assert that most people think memory is like a tape-recorder.
They like to inform the public that memory actually does not work like a tape-recorder – it is “constructed”.
This is an interesting suggestion. Especially seeing as pub-skeptics tend to be sceptical of the social sciences.
For those who are interested, here is some social science blurb of my own:-
Memory construction is influenced by politics and power.
The more power that a body has in a specific context, the more likely it is to be handled with respect
The more power that a body has in a specific context, the more likely that its claims will be accepted as “true”
It is easier to find forensic evidence that confirms the memory of the those with power than those without
Forensic evidence from people and organisations with power is handled with greater care than evidence from people with less power