Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Pop Quiz: Truthful or Deceptive?
Intolerance breeds totalitarianism, even when it demands to be called "tolerance."
Here is a claim about one being forced to leave one's own homeland due to fear from political intolerance.
Is the subject truthful?
Is he working from experiential memory or is he not?
Experiential memory is the recall that comes from experience.
Experience has a stronger hormonal accompaniment than the linguistic source of having read something, or having seen a movie, or another's description. Even hearing another's account has an emotional component, but not that of personal experience. This is especially evident in trauma.
When we analyze a statement, we begin believing the subject. This is our presupposition. Even in employment analysis, we begin with a similar presupposition: "I am going to hire this person. He will have to talk me out of it!"
It is not a moral exercise, but a practical one which allows for the establishment of a baseline of 'norm' or 'acceptable' language making it easier to spot deviations from the norm (the 'unexpected' in language).
Pop Quiz: Truthful or Deceptive
"I was forced to leave my homeland. The police came to my door very early in the morning and told me that I was coming downtown for questioning. I didn't even have time to get dressed. We drove to the station where they sat me down in a large room and questioned me. They quickly figured out that I was just a student and not part of any political group, and let me go. My mother was still too afraid so she told me I had to leave..."