Blog Prompt 17: (choose one)
Leonard relies upon scribbled notes to connect him to his past. He says that eyewitness testimony is worthless: “Memory can change the shape of a room…” Is he right? Do you think our memories are more reliable than his notes? Hume says identity is just a habit we have. Do you think Hume would see Leonard’s condition as any different from our own?
Do you agree with Leonard’s statement that we all need mirrors to remind us who we are? In the movie the mirrors were his notes, the photographs, and tattoos. What has he become by relying upon them? What would you become without your own mirrors? How does a view of self that relies upon mirrors fit with Hume’s theory?
Leonard is right eyewitness testimony isn’t worth much. After all people are not great at details and do not have picture memory. We may remember the main idea but we fail to keep up with the details. A great example of that is watching a movie, there are very few of us that can retell it that same day without forgetting any detail. Asking someone about details the next day could help them remember more detail of mix up with the details they already mentioned. A person retelling this story can get so mixed up that he or she may make up some of it. By make up some of it I mean, tell us how they connected the dots. Their connections of dots can but totally wrong and hold no merit at all. They would connect things with prior memories of witch we have no knowledge of. If we have no knowledge of them we may not have that same connections as he or she do. Making that connection in court can make that eyewitness seem worthless, adding to that conclusion could be that lack of detail.
Detailed stories are easy to believe, we learn that from lying to our parents about our whereabouts. If I tolled my parents I was at the movies and not out drinking. They may not believe me, however if I tolled them I was at the movies and mentioned a movie. That could let them know that yes my child was at the movies. Another thing to mention when telling your parents a lie one must not only tell them a movie but a movie that is actually out. Telling them an old one will not be of much help or telling them one that isn’t out. Parents now a days aren’t as stupid as they seem they can google it and see what movies are out. Another thing to add to your story is what is that movie about. Picking a movie you have no knowledge about would out you real quick. As your parents are playing detective they may also read some reviews and ask your opinion about that. If you fail to answer about what your thought about it, it to can out you.
Parents aren’t the only ones that use a line of questions policeman too ask a lot of questions. They do not ask those questions to know what your favorite type of movie is but rather to see if they can catch you in a lie. Once you catch that lie you stick to it and question more about that, dropping questions about other things or events. Eyewitness testimony is very much worthless after all questioning each and every detail would help you pock holes in the story of the witnessed events.
Leonards memories are as unreliable as his notes. We see that from the fact that he cant remember who he is in the now. Living with the then and not seeing the now can cause you to lose the now. It is unhealthy to not know who you are in the now, after all he was made into a monster and used as a tool to kill. Being that tool to kill wouldn’t have happened if he knew he had already killed the man he was looking for. His notes on the other hand are of no use he ends up killing a guy who helped him find a guy who killed his wife. But at the same time that same guy made him kill a drug dealer who had nothing to do with him. But then again that drug dealer sold drugs who is to say those drugs weren’t the ones in the system of the guy who killed his wife.
I do not believe that Hume would say Lenard’s condition is any different from our own after all we too don’t have a full picture. We have bits and pieces of our memory, not the full picture of it. We may have knowledge of yesterday but it too lacks detail and there by missing bits and pieces of it self. I would say we need more than just mirrors to remind us who we are. We need to first address who we are and what got us to that conclusion. Because if it is out memories it is inaccurate after all we still miss details.
Our mirrors are things that make us us. However it is important to remember that we aren’t the only ones that can be using those things to identify our self. We aren’t as one of a kind as we may thing there for we must first stop any think what is “myself” what makes me me? Or what makes I and I and not a you or her or him. And if those things are taking away are we still our self or all we a empty vessel.
Cause and Effect – connected (or are they connected?)