faulty memory

There’s a story in your head, a kind of autobiography—the story of who you are and how you got there. You’ve been writing and revising it all your life. We take the chaos of information from a normal life and create a story that makes sense. And hey, some of it might even be true.

But considering who’s telling the story, it’s no surprise that a lot of it just doesn’t hold up.

Dale McGowan was well into adulthood before a random memory surfaced, poking a hole in what he calls his “founding myth.” He had a choice: stick with the better story, or switch to the truer one.

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Dale McGowan is the author of Parenting Beyond Belief, Raising Freethinkers, and Atheism for Dummies. He holds a BA in evolutionary anthropology and a PhD in music.