Can we tell true memories from false ones? In several studies, these created false memories in the minds of people, were then compared to true memories.. Once planted, the false memories look very much like true memories—in terms of behavioral characteristics, emotionality and neural signatures. If false memories can be so readily planted in the mind, do we need to think about “regulating” this mind technology? And what do these pseudomemories say about the nature of memory itself?
This lecture traces his journey from childhood through the Stanford Prison Experiment on the theme of the banality of evil, then switches to focus on the banality of heroism in his new life’s mission of training people around the world be wise and effective heroes who stand up, speak out and take action in challenging situations in their lives, as part of the Heroic Imagination Project.