Ford, Ka­van­u­agh truly be­lieve what they say

Albany Times Union - - PERSPECTIVE -

Al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual as­sault/ mis­con­duct prin­ci­pally from Dr. Chris­tine Blasey Ford against Brett Ka­vanaugh dur­ing the con­fir­ma­tion process for his U.S. Supreme Court nom­i­na­tion were be­lat­edly in­ves­ti­gated by the FBI with mixed re­sults.

Re­ac­tion split along party lines. Repub­li­cans con­tin­ued to say that Ford’s claim that “she was sex­u­ally as­saulted by Ka­vanaugh” was mis­taken. Democrats be­lieved that Ka­vanaugh’s de­nial of any form of sex­ual mis­con­duct was a lie. Both can’t be true.

I think it pos­si­ble, how­ever, that Ka­vanaugh and Ford “truly be­lieve” their re­spec­tive claims.

Un­like my com­puter that lays down a rel­a­tively per­ma­nent set of on-and-off logic gates that can be re­trieved to faith­fully re­pro­duce a mem­ory in­put, hu­man mem­ory is more like a game of “in­trap­er­sonal tele­phone.” My stored, elec­tro-chem­i­cal in­puts from yes­ter­day can­not be di­rectly re­trieved and re­pro­duced by the per­son who is me to­day but rather they in­ter­act with my new, cur­rent brain state. It is as if the per­son who is me to­day is “play­ing tele­phone” with the per­son who was me yes­ter­day. The up­shot is that mem­ory is not re­pro­duced but rather it is to some ex­tent con­tin­u­ally re­con­structed.

re­mains room here for both Ka­vanaugh and Ford to truly be­lieve what they say. Given this, to call ei­ther a liar seems pre­ma­ture. Jim Fa­hey Bruns­wick

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