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.

Dale McGowan is the author of books including Parenting Beyond Belief, Raising Freethinkers, and Atheism for Dummies. He holds degrees in evolutionary anthropology and music.