Memory – What Memory?
We’re preoccupied with the experience of reading tonight. A recent editorial by James Collins in the New York Times proposes that most people cannot recall the title, author or even the existence of a book they read a month ago, much less its contents. If this is true – and some of our panellists dispute it – then why bother reading books at all, if we can’t remember what’s in them?
Writer’s therapist Dr. Susan O’Doherty is on hand this evening to shed much light on this disquieting topic. If you want to know the difference between semantic memory and episodic memory – this is your show!
Continuing the theme, Donna Ballman considers whether Google may be causing our brains to atrophy, and whether Twilight could be affecting young readers in subtle but disturbing ways. And Dave Bartram advances an original theory of cognitive dissonance. “When we engage with narrative”, says Dave, “we are actively seeking to have a sensation we do not like to have in our real lives – the psychological discomfort we get from cognitive dissonance.” Maybe that’s what distinguishes a compelling read.
With the multifunctional Eve Harvey both on the panel and in the chatroom (Eve is effortlessly omnipresent) this is one brainbox of a show you can’t afford to miss – lots to think about!
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Other topics on tonight’s show include:
- Kylie Minogue nude, Robbie Williams sniggers
- Plook-on-the-Plinth trophy is awarded
- James Bond was spunkier than you thought
- Answers to all the most unanswerable questions
This week’s titles for the Commissioning Meeting are:
“The Hate Disease”
Murray Leinster, 1896-1975 (Illustrator John Schoenherr, 1935-2010)
Sir Francis Cowley Burnand, 1836-1917
“The History and Records of the Elephant Club”
Knight Russ Ockside & Q. K. Philander Doesticks, 1831-1875
“A House-Boat on the Styx”
John Kendrick Bangs, 1862-1922
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