Memory is abstract, personal, unknowable. It can encompass the random and the inexplicable, just as dream sequences can. But once memories are written down or otherwise committed to record, they assume a life of their own. They become less malleable and must assume a more coherent shape. We take fragments of memory and weave them together into patterns as best we can. We darn or embroider any holes with threads of things that happened in our readings, in our conversations with others who really were there, in our dreams. Those then become part of the fabric of our storytelling, so that soon enough it is impossible to say what was remembered and what was embroidered.
Archive for May, 2010
Image – Charlotte Hotel, London.
What if there is no self? No such thing as being the unique personalities we think we are? What if, and this is very convoluted, there are even parts of our brains that have evolved to convince us that each of us is unique — as a cover up or mask for the awful truth? The truth that parts of our brains deceive other parts of our brains. And that this trickery evolved because it’s useful.
It’s not as farfetched as it sounds. If you accept the idea that the propensity for religion might have evolved in our brains and you also accept that it is possible that the self-deception of religion and believing in unlikelihoods might give some kind of evolutionary advantage, then you can transfer this over to our concept of our personalities and ourselves. (This assumes that you view literal interpretations of religious orthodoxy as a form of self-delusion and fantasy.)
So, given that I believe that the brain might have evolved propensities to create believable faith-based fantasies, I am ready to apply it to my view of myself. It’s only fair. If I’m going to claim that religion is a deception, then maybe I myself am a deception as well.
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One of the world’s rarest stamps will go on display this week. Only 500 of the 2d (two old pence) stamps from Mauritius, which date back to 1847, were produced, and only 12 are known to have survived. The stamp will feature in an exhibition at the Guildhall art gallery, London. Each stamp has an estimated value of £2.8 million.
John Angerson, Gina Lundy, Tamany Baker, Mike Lusmore and Rebecca Harley are currently the confirmed photographers who will be exhibiting in the life.still show and information about their work will soon be posted on the blog. Also posted are the guidelines for the slideshow under submit slideshow at the top of the screen, you can find all the information how to submit your work there.