How to be an alien


 The alien com220px-HowToBeAnAlienparison has been used by the false memory movement since the early 1990’s. Maybe that’s because the late Carl Sagan was employed as an advisor to the false memory organisation in the US.

Sagan wrote great books on outer space but his conclusions of life on earth were a little more dogmatic.

In reality the word “alien” has meant different things in different times and places. In cultural terms it probably has more to do with the concept of The Other than with little green men.

Unfortunately the false memory people are not interested in culture. They only think in black and white ( and green? )

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“Aliens” interned at Huyton Park camp near Liverpool during WWII. 

Here’s an exert from an interview when a therapist ( writing for a publication for article for other trauma therapists ) interviews someone from the false memory movement.

FM spokesman: When people recover memories of space alien abduction

Therapist: Well, we’re not talking

FM spokesmanBut that’s improbable to me.

Therapist: Fair enough, but our readers

FM spokesman: Some people recover memories of satanic ritual abuse and that’s improbable to me.

Therapist: Okay, but you have already admitted you’re not a clinician. I hear verifiable stories in a given day that would raise hair on a cue hall.

False memory spokesman:  If one hears a story that seems improbable one is more apt to be a little more skeptical.

Therapist: What does “improbable” mean, though?

FM spokesman: I have given you some examples.

Therapist: But little of that has anything to do with the kind of stuff clinicians see on a daily basis in our offices.

FM spokesman:  We are just as concerned about people and situations where people recover memories of space alien abduction.…. another is past-life therapy.

Therapist: Our readers work in the field of sexual abuse recovery. They don’t regularly work with people who claim past lives necessarily or alien abductions as their presenting problem.

And finally…. in case you thought pigs couldn’t fly…

Pink Floyd album cover from “Animals” 1976

Be yourself, no matter what they say


The person who was quoted in the Guardian as saying

” If you’re going to accept recovered memories of abuse, you should also accept the alien claims.”

is now setting up a Masters degree course in False Memory Studies ( or Forensic Psychology as they are calling it )

 Is it profitable for  this university to engage in organised denial of sexual abuse?

Or just fun?

Whatever the case, they have invited a well known false memory celebrity to their opening night.

I was thinking about writing to the ethics committee of this university but it turns out that the person who is busy telling the nation that I beleive in little green men on Mars is also chairman the University’s Ethics and Integrity Committee.

And the invited celebrity knows how to fend off ethical questions.

When Fowler found out there was an ethics complaint pending against Loftus, he reached out to her and told her she should resign her membership before a case could be formally opened against her. He later denied that he had done so and appointed one of his deputies to “investigate” how Loftus had found out about the complaint.

Oh well… they’ve got that sown up nicely then.

Gotta go now. The aliens want their supper


And talking of aliens…

“It takes a man to suffer ignorance and smile”. Sting and Quentin Crisp

“Be yourself, no matter what they say”


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Hamlet by Delacroix

An recent article in the Huffington Post.  suggested that Hamlet may have been suffering from False Memory Syndrome.  The ghost did not exist and there was nothing rotten in Demnark.

Maybe Hamlet’s mum should have attended a false memory conference in Illinois in 1999 . There she could have leant how to handle her son:-

“ The concept of our children being in a delusional state gives me a better ability to be patient.

Dr. Piper described how therapists deal with delusional patients. You should not confront the delusion directly. It only hardens and makes a person more firm in his or her thinking. You have to work to gradually undermine the delusion by presenting information that gently challenges the false ideas.

For us that often means any contact we can have with our children, or any experience we can give them which might remind them of their real past.

As others have said, memories of their real past and contact with real parents can make them uneasy about their falsely constructed world. 

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Hamlet and the ghost. David Sheilds

Actually, one of the best ways to move beyond the, “yes it did, no it didn’t” positivistic  lingo created by the false memory movement is to study memory through literature because,

“literature, like psychoanalysis, is interested in the complex relation between knowing and not knowing”

Dr Piper, was also at the forefront of opposition against dissociative disorders in the 1990’s. So beleiving your children are delusional and not accepting the diagnosis of Dissociative Disorders would seem to be connected.