A Failing Memory?

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Many of us tend to think as though our memories are always what we heard, saw, or experienced, but the problem is that is not the case. Many things we think we remember can be true, or can for some reason be morphed into a completely different memory from what actually happened.

Individuals tend to rely on their memory often believing that they have an excellent one. However, after reading Charbris and Simons’ article, it is safe to say that our memory is not as precise as many like to believe. The authors show us how our memories can change, yet we still believe they are as accurate as they were in the past.

After reading “Why Our Memories Fail Us,” it is evident that Charbris and Simons consistently used ethos throughout the article. The authors relied more on facts and studies than they did play on the emotions of their audience. Even though they used more of an ethical approach, Charbris and Simons also used an emotional approach. They discussed former President Bush’s 9/11 speech and made an emotional connection with the readers, especially those who have a personal story with the events of that day. The authors also claimed that we are still human and it is okay if our memory fails. This claim appeals to the reader’s emotions because it shows to be accepting when an individual makes a mistake just as Dr. Tyson did.

Throughout the article, Charbris and Simons bring up several studies in order to help provide credibility to their statements. They use these studies in order to help enlighten readers on the topic of memory failure. When talking about how the National Academy of Sciences was reviewing the state of research on the topic of memory failures, it was mentioned how one of the authors, Simons, was on their expert panel. By not including the author’s prior involvement with the Academy, readers may doubt some information that has been provided.

The overall tone of the article is formal and serious. They consistently use logic and facts in the article to support their claims about our memory not being as reliable as we think and they stayed away from potentially being biased and stating their opinions. If the article was based on both facts and opinions, or solely on opinions, the target audience could potentially think that the authors are not credible.

Just as discussed in Heffernan’s article “Comment is King,” the top three Readers Picks comments were emotional. In the article, the authors referred to President Bush to be an intellectual. In one of the comments someone claimed to be appalled they called Mr. Bush intelligent, showcasing all of the quotes he has said throughout the years that has made him look as if he lacks intelligence. The top comment for the Readers Pick is Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s comment. He comes off as a bit irritated and includes links where he discussed his mishap with his memory further in a way to help clear up some things he may feel the readers of this article missed. Overall, all three clearly showed some type of emotion reflecting how exactly they felt in regards to what was mentioned.

Overall good work. Good writing style, clear and concise. Good job.