It Said That? 5/23/18

TWA Flight 800, Gina Haspel’s record, MK-Ultra, Skripal, Libya, Aleppo, and John McCain’s inglorious career and life…the theme of tonight’s postings is memories perpetrators would rather flush down the memory hole. So tonight’s quote is the first paragraph of Wikipedia’s entry on the memory hole:

A memory hole is any mechanism for the alteration or disappearance of inconvenient or embarrassing documents, photographs, transcripts, or other records, such as from a website or other archive, particularly as part of an attempt to give the impression that something never happened.[1][2] The concept was first popularized by George Orwell’s dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, where the Party’s Ministry of Truthsystematically re-created all potential historical documents, in effect, re-writing all of history to match the often-changing state propaganda. These changes were complete.


2 responses to “It Said That? 5/23/18

  1. Off topic but related to the power of a question:
    How can I learn to think like Richard Feynman, who claimed that he only had an IQ of 124, and in his words “If one fool can learn to do it, so can another”?
    Charles Ivie
    Charles Ivie, former Scientist Astronomer (1957-1992)
    Updated Sat
    I knew Feynman when I worked at Caltech. He said something that I will never forget. “If you recognize the right question the answers come a lot easier.” This was a talent he shared with Einstein. He recognized the pivotal question and knew how to ask it. This goes beyond IQ, it’s insight.


    • Here’s what little insight I can contribute to your first question. Questions, while they sometimes pop into one’s head, usually don’t. They are work like everything else, but they are also a joy, in that a question and its investigative process invariably lead to more questions. In short, never quit asking questions, at least until you’re so tired you have to go to bed.


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