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The Truth about False Memories

September 27, 2018

The Truth about False Memories

I was 17 years old and a proud member of the U.S. Naval Reserves in my home town. I had been to boot camp and now it was time for me to do a summer cruise on a Destroyer Escort, out of Chicago Illinois. We were to cruise up the middle of Lake Michigan, into Lake Huron and on to Owen Sound Canada. It was a great adventure that I will never forget.

I loved visiting the town of Owen Sound. It was so quaint and I had the strongest feeling that I had been there before. It was so very familiar and oddly comforting to me.

I clearly recall standing at the top of a gentle hill with a two-lane road running down through a lovely small town, with stores and shops along the way. At the end of the road was a long dock stretching out into a large blue bay of Lake Huron, stretching far beyond.

I recall telling my beloved Grandmother all about my cruise and she happily told me she was born and lived in Owen Sound Canada as a young child. I was stunned! It was an amazing revelation for me.

Now, with Grandma gone, and in my own 76th year, I cannot count the number of times that I have told this fantastic story to family and friends. I had never been to Owen Sound before in my life and so to me it was a miraculous event.

Later, when I attended college and studied psychology, starting in 1965, I formulated a theory to explain my powerful sense of deja vu while looking into the small picturesque town of Owen Sound, Canada. I came to believe there could be some underlying genetic structure to the memory.

Others, over the passing years, were fascinated with my experience and my theory.

This summer, my brother and his wife drove to Owen Sound to research my Grandmother’s family who lived there for a time. I asked them to take a picture of this scene that I recalled from my 17th year, when I visited there.

I was thunder-struck when they returned with photographs of the town and the area and reported that all they could find was a cement industrial area with a long commercial cement loading dock and no hill, no two lane road and no quaint stores along its sloping way down to a wooden dock reaching out to a beautiful bay. They were disappointed and I was flabbergasted!

To this very day, I am completely unable to explain the great clarity and deep belief in my false memory of Owen Sound, Canada.

Later as a Professor of Psychology at Indiana University at South Bend, a distinguished visiting professor ,Elizabeth Loftus, presented her ground-breaking research on the topic of false memories to the faculty of our Psychology Department and later to our student body.

The following Wikipedia article summarizes some of Dr. Loftus’ findings on false memories and on repressed and recovered memories. It also documents the hazards of questioning cherished beliefs based upon scientific findings. Dr. Loftus has been sued (she was vindicated) and threatened with harm for demonstrating that our memories are not video recordings of realities, but are malleable and imperfect attempts to capture and recall life’s often subjective and misleading events.

The facts are clear: Memories, as well as so-called repressed and recovered memories, can be very inaccurate. Sometimes with tragic consequences for all of those involved. Much as we see playing-out today in the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Please see the following about Dr. Loftus and her research.

Decades of research have not validated the existence of repressed and recovered memories in humans.

Please read this short summary of these research findings below.

If you are so inclined, I invite you to read the entire article The following italicized quoted paragraphs are to be found in the article’s URL located right below it. 

     Sociological understandings of the influence authority figures and groups may have on an individual’s belief system have provided insight into the mechanism by which mental images may be taken to be actual memories. A growing number of books and articles by philosophers of science have decried the misuse of science and over-reliance on anecdotal evidence in this area. Some have cited “repressed memories” as an example of “pseudoscience.” [18] In short, the theory of “repression” has been widely critiqued by professionals in many related scientific disciplines, each concluding that the theory does not conform to well-established findings in their own area.

     Most memory researchers are in agreement on this matter. In a legal brief filed by R.C. Barden, Ph.D., J.D. in the case of Taus v. Loftus, [19] more than 65 scientists and clinicians, a “Who’s Who” in the world of psychiatry, psychology and cognitive science, agreed with the inclusion of the following clear statement: [20]

    Decades of research and scientific debate have clarified over and over again, that the notion of traumatic events being somehow “repressed” and later accurately recovered is one of the most pernicious bits of folklore ever to infect psychology and psychiatry.

    The signers represent the relevant scientific community for theoretical disputes if the issue is a claim of repressed and recovered memory.

   Both scientists and the proponents of the belief in repression and recovered memories present studies that they claim support their conflicting positions. In fact, both sides frequently cite the same articles but reach different conclusions about them. This is a very confusing situation for non-scientists, including potential jurors. (For a clear discussion about basic concepts involved in the interpretation of research findings that explain the fallacies of non-scientific interpretation. See H. Pope, Psychology Astray.

The implications of these findings for the undocumented, unproven accusations of sexual improprieties against Judge Kavenaugh should be clear to all who wish to honestly evaluate the available data.

Wake-Up America!

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.

Practicing Psychologist and Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Indiana University South Bend

Truth About Kavanaugh: Democrats Are Sociopaths

September 25, 2018

Truth About Kavanaugh: Democrats Are Sociopaths

Ok, I went a little overboard on this one with 13 cartoons…but so did the Sleazy Democrats. 

VTM, 9/25/18


ike Lester · Sep. 25, 2018

America: Addicted to Drugs and Drug Money.

September 24, 2018

America: Addicted to Drugs and Drug Money

I have been very busy in the last few weeks and my blog rate has diminished. But, there is more to my recent bout of editorial malaise.

I admit that I am becoming dispirited. It has been said that “the pen is mightier than the sword”. It is not. Just take a pen and go-up against a man with a sword.

Yes, I understand the symbolism of that statement.

Now let me see if you understand the symbolism of my statement that follows: The pen is also not mightier than drugs, and drug money!

I know someone who used marijuana recreationally in their younger years in college who now, as a drug abstinent middle-aged adult at a party, was invited to take a puff from one of those new-fangled electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes). My friend was curious and reported taking one puff that he inhaled and then had to  spend the next 40 minutes alone in his car, trying to recover from an amazingly powerful marijuana high. He had been duped into getting so high on one puff of vaporized marijuana oil that he had to escape to his car to gain privacy and to recover from the experience.

It is a fact that the power of modern marijuana products have increased dramatically.

I was recently in a gathering where a younger adult was happily discussing the various ways in which recreational marijuana was being marketed (cookies, candy gummies,  etc.). My mention of the increasing number of children who have found and eaten such “goodies” and ended up in medical emergencies was ignored. 

The following short articles document the child-marijuana problems in France and America.

Recreational marijuana is being legalized in more and more states. Its sales are being taxed by our governments, investors are getting rich off stock purchases in marijuana production, retail businesses, and other legalized marijuana enterprises.

Marijuana is rapidly being woven into the fabric of America’s culture and economy. This is likely paving the way for the legalization of other recreational drugs.’s-high-times-for-soaring-marijuana-stocks-on-Wall-Street

I was hoping that I would gain a small cathartic/therapeutic effect from writing this blog. I did not.

The legalized-drug-shit is already hitting the American fan and too many voting citizens are either happy to see it come, or they are oblivious to the damage it is already doing.

I judge that the current damaging effects of America’s illegal drug consumption will now be magnified by the delayed effects of legalized recreational drugs. Without miraculous change, the synergism of all of this, along with the countless other political and social problems we are experiencing will be ruinous to America.

Please share this blog with family and friends.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 9/24/18

Dr. Tom’s Laugh Therapy #10

September 16, 2018

Dr. Tom’s Laugh Therapy #10

With thanks to The Patriot Post, Please go there.



Female Marine Kicked-Out for “Fraternization”: Duuuh!

September 13, 2018

Female Marine Kicked-Out for “Fraternization”: Duuuh!

Don’t be silly. Of course there will be “fraternization” between military males and females when they are placed close proximity in the military…particularly when they are under great stress.

What in the hell would any rational adult expect?!

There has been increases in allegations of sexual harassment and other sexual improprieties up to, and including, rape. There will be fights over boyfriends and girlfriends and worse. There will be conflict over girlfriend’s girlfriends and boyfriend’s boyfriends.

There will be pregnancies and conflicts over paternity. Pregnant women will not be deployed when needed. There will be expulsions of both sexes from our military costing millions of dollars in wasted time, training and experience.

There will be an explosion of expensive and time-consuming military police and court cases. All of this and more will cost American tax payers countless millions of our dollars squandered for an idiotic and of a debilitating experiment with “social justice” in America’s military.

Wake-Up! Dumb as a Dodo Bird America!

Below is just another of way too many examples.

Please see my other posts about this self-destructive assault upon the readiness and effectiveness of America’s Military.

Go to the search box in the upper right side of my main page and type in “women in military”. All that I have written on the topic of women in combat, gays, and transsexuals, now admitted into America’s Military. Also see my older posts on this topic at the end of the first page of these topics. 

I am sickened by the damage to our military and society by America’s foolhardy military experimentation and have little more to say about it.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 9/13/18

Psychologist and Veteran of America’s Submarine Service.

Welfare=Socialism/Dependency: Feed Them, They Will Come!

September 11, 2018

Welfare=Socialism/Dependency: Feed Them, They Will Come!

The Leftist, radical democratic strategy is perfectly stated in my title for this blog.

Feed them and they will come, they will vote for you, no matter how bad it gets, they will vote for you!

They will end up living in relative poverty for the the rest of their lives. Their children will far more prone to continue the dependency legacy. They will likely live mostly among others who  live in poverty, they will live among greater proportions of others who are divorced, poorly educated, taking and/or selling drugs, involved in gang activity, are aggressive and intimidating to others, and even willing to kill for what they want. 

The children of governmental dependency and their children’s children are likely to do the same and this vicious escalating vicious cycle can (if uninterrupted) lead to the death of America by socialism and the same old chain of tragedies that generally follows.

Yes, there are good people in poverty, but is is exponentially more difficult for them to raise good children, who mature to do good things while living in America’s poverty stricken welfare dependent environments. It is terribly difficult for them to escape the poverty cycle on their own.

Leftist-Marxist politicians are deeply schooled in the transformation of America to a socialist/communist/tyrannical nation. They know well that this goal cannot be achieved in America through traditional violent revolutionary means. This is the reason they strive to cripple the Second Amendment, nearly all other transformed and failing societies have done. Rather, they are successfully employing a long-range plan of increasing population dependency upon governmental money and materials for life itself.

I believe that this is the “transformation” that Obama promised and he and the “Deep State” in America are feverishly working to implement as I write this piece.

The two articles below will document this slow, but steady progression of carefully engendered American population dependency upon governmental resources: Governmental resources funded by a decreasing percent of the population of independent working tax paying citizenry.

This is an age-old political ponzi-like scheme  addictive to governed populations in which the only people who “get rich” are the politicians who run the fraudulent game. In the end it always fails…and too frequently it fails in the starvation and death of countless human beings.

Wake-Up America! When governments create more”takers” than “makers”, there will be bloody hell to pay!

Read about the startling progression of socialism in America below.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 9/10/18

Dr. Tom’s Laugh Therapy #10

September 6, 2018

Dr. Tom’s Laugh Therapy #10


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Big Differences Between “Leftists” and “Liberals”

September 4, 2018

Big Differences Between “Leftists” and “Liberals”

I have just been “schooled” on the difference between “The Left” and traditional American Liberalism. This was a lesson I badly needed.

I have been equating the left with liberalism and in doing so, I have done a disservice to many American Liberals. Though I work hard to do my research and stay informed on these matters, I have often failed to make this important distinction. 

I apologize and I will no longer make that mistake.

Although I will still not vote for traditional American liberals, I have liberal friends who I like,  respect, and whose friendship I value very much.

I judge that clean and healthy competition between liberal and conservative America-loving political influences have the best chance of keeping America close to that “sweet spot” on the sociopolitical continuum most likely to insure our society’s long-term success in competition for survival among our world of cultures.

I will now more carefully reserve my vitriol and deep animosity for those who, no matter what they may call themselves (liberals, progressives, socialists, communists, revolutionaries, antifa, anarchists, etc..) should more correctly be labeled as “Leftists“.

The problem is that many political leftists camouflage themselves with more palatable labels. For example, leftists frequently call themselves liberals and progressives. They then work in devious and illegal ways to implement leftist practices in order to incrementally “Transform America” into a socioculture that our Founding Fathers and the patriots of their day never meant America to become. 

In fact such leftist “transformations” of America would be the realization of our Founding Father’s very worst nightmarish outcomes for us all!

It is incontrovertible that leftists are the arch-enemies of America’s freedoms for all of its citizens. The freedoms that our patriots have fought and died to achieve and protect from the very beginnings this nation’s great and noble 241-year-plus experiment “Liberty for All”!

Please see the following presentation by Prager U to further understand the differences between true American liberals and the Leftists among us and elsewhere.

I ask that you to please send this important video by Dennis Prager to everyone you know.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 9/4/18

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