Skip to comments.Why is the brain prone to florid forms of confabulation?
Posted on 04/18/2017 7:08:34 AM PDT by BenLurkin
She had visited Madonnas mansion the week before, Maggie told me during my ward round. Helped her choose outfits for the tour. The only problem was that Maggie was a seamstress in Dublin. She had never met Madonna; she had never provided her with sartorial advice on cone brassieres. Instead, an MRI scan conducted a few days earlier when Maggie arrived at the ER febrile and agitated revealed encephalitis, a swelling of the brain.
Now she was confabulating, conveying false memories induced by injury to her brain. Not once did Maggie doubt that she was a seamstress to the stars, no matter how incongruous those stories seemed. And thats the essence of confabulation: the critical faculty of doubt is compromised. These honest lies were Maggies truth.
In its most extreme form, confabulation emerges from brain damage caused by encephalitis, strokes, trauma, or thiamine deficiency caused by chronic alcohol dependence. Some confabulators with these conditions produce bizarre fabrications: they recount past lives as spaceship captains or report aliens on UFOs.
...deliver nuanced elaborations and embellishments, or simply scramble their facts a bit like the rest of us. Our intuitions often carry an automatic feeling of rightness; we immediately accept them to be plausible.
But for those without brain damage, the brain tends to inspect information and perceptions that simply couldnt be true. Could I really have seen a kangaroo on the road to Edinburgh? We set such information aside unconsciously for further fact-checking using doubt tags traced by neuroscientists to the orbitofrontal cortex and ventromedial prefrontal cortex towards the front of the brain. Such tags tell us: There might be something fishy here. These regions are disrupted in confabulators with brain injury who have trouble applying doubt tags even in the face of outrageous ideas and thoughts.
(Excerpt) Read more at aeon.co ...
Is this the explanation for liberalism?
So Hillary has brain damage?
I just thought it was because she was a drunk
As paratrooper I had over a 100 jumps and sometimes my bell got rung pretty hard, sometimes I got knocked out for a short period when my head inadvertently hit the ground by accident. I guess I should be having repressed memories of being a second class citizen in my own country due to the Democrats and their communist allies along with Illegal Aliens. Those memories tell me that my hard work and taxes are then given to those who refuse to work or illegally gain welfare monies. Now the issue my brain actively tells me is to be afraid, very afraid when it dark outside and I am walking and have to pass a group of single black male.... My brain reminds me I was assaulted twice by groups of blacks in Guyana. My brain now tells me being afraid of blacks is a calculated risk not worth taking and to avoid areas and members of this group. My brain tells me Democrats are liars down to the youngest voter; the same but rather nuanced claim for my conservative friends but at least it is our version of the lie.
Or that he can fly, and somehow just figured this out?
Figure out how we dream these crazy things that we believe completely (while asleep), and you've taken a big first step. And you've got plenty of available subjects.
As an aside, I don’t like the usurpation of the word confabulation for this.
I’m pretty sure that the rest of you are only here for my entertainment, so start dancing.
Make it up as you go. Believe it. No one can say you are wrong.
Then chop your penis off just to show them you were right !
Confabulation is one of the symptoms of “Wet Brain”. I saw it first hand with a close family member before he drank himself to death. The alcoholic starves the brain of nutrients and it slowly starts dying and it is irreversible brain damage.
That is a noble effort, jiggy, but I just spent 8 years watching a President tap dance.
Hiaary = Hillary
“My mind is aglow with whirling, transient nodes of thought careening through a cosmic vapor of invention!” Hedley Lamarr
Ha! You beat me to it!
Brian Williams is poster boy for Wet Brain syndrome. :)
His picture is in the medical dictionary, next to that definition! :)
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