The Grand Delusion Summary

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Criticizing of “The Grand Delusion” Much of things we assume to be true are illusions of our brains, eyes, beliefs, and opinions. Graham Lawton talks about how reliable are our truths in "The Grand Delusion" which has been published on 18 May 2011; Issue 2812. In the article Lawton tries to convince the audiences that much of what they take for granted about daily life is their imagination. The article persuades reader by giving examples, evidences and observations, however contains bias which depreciates the article. “The grand delusions” which is consists of 5 parts has been published in the New Scientist. In the first part which is “Head full of half-truth” Lawton claims that memory is fallible in many case even though we trust them confidently. In the “What you see is not what you get”, which is the second part of the article, Lawton claims that your eyes do not reflect all things that you see. “Blind to bias” which is the third part is based on biases that include everything even we are not aware of it. Next part “Egoist, moi?” claims most of people ignore their mistakes and think themselves to be different and special person. In the last part which name is “Who is in…show more content…
When the readers read Lawton’s points about false memory, he/she will probably think that flashbulb memories are forgotten more easily. However, after internet research I found that flashbulb memories are the most accurate and reliable type of autobiographical memory. “Flashbulb memories are vivid, detailed, confidently held, and seemingly impervious to forgetting.” (Brown and Kulik 1977, cited under General Overviews) As an illustration, Matthew Swulinski accurately remembered 9/11 events and reported his extremely vivid account. (Chase, S., 2007) Lawton’s approach to flashbulb memories shows bias which makes the article less

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