Mittwoch, 19. Januar 2011

Collective Confabulation

It started off harmlessly, when I was browsing trough a TV guide a week ago or so. I came across a thriller called "Memento", which was rated high and seemed interesting to me because the protagonist has a memory problem.
I seemed to have a similar problem, I forgot about the film and missed it.
Only this weekend I was wondering, how a person, unable to store new memories, is managing his knowledge. This is how the quest began.
The TV guide had passed away, so I was using today's information tactics (slightly envious on my sons, who grow up with the most easy access to information), and here we go: Memento (film).
Shit, reading the article, I was even more regretting, as I was left with the feeling that I missed a psychological thriller higly acclaimed for his artistic and innovative way of story telling and providing the most realistic picture of a brain disease: anterogade amnesia. Memento is presented as two different sequences of scenes, a series in black-and-white that are shown chronologically, and a series of color sequences shown in reverse order.The color sequences, shown in reverse order starting with the opening murder, are about Leonard’s investigation using his system of notes, Polaroid photos, and tatoos.
So that was the Knowledge Management system: notes and Polaroids (tatoos seem to be more interwoven into the plot than being a re-usable tactic)
Anterograde Amnesia is a loss of the ability to create new memories after the event that caused the amnesia, leading to a partial or complete inability to recall the recent past, while long-term memories from before the event remain intact.
So far so good in the English version of Wikipedia. Hail diversity, reading the German version, another interesting aspect appeared (free Gerald translation):
As mainly the declarative memory (the memories of facts) is affected, while general knowledge and intelligence still work fine, it often yields to Confabulation, back to the English version:

Confabulation: In psychology, confabulation is the spontaneous narrative report of events that never happened. It consists of the creation of false memories, perceptions, or beliefs about the self or the environment - usually as a result of neurological or psychological dysfunction.[1] When it is a matter of memory, confabulation is the confusion of imagination with memory, or the confused application of true memories.
So what is the essence: I want to see this movie; thank god, my brain seems okay this morning; and I am wondering whether there is something like "Collective Confabultion" happening in entreprises and companies after traumatic events on the collective brain like a huge re-organization / redundancy program.


ps: I was googling for a nice picture to the topic (preferrably not a dead body in a flood of blood), so again via Confabulation I came across MozaicMama, a person recovering from brain injury also via art (very encouraging success story! The picture is called Confabulation2). So as certainly some of you have become rich, you might consider investing in arts.

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