Point of Inquiry

Point of Inquiry is the Center for Inquiry's flagship podcast, where the brightest minds of our time sound off on all the things you're not supposed to talk about at the dinner table: science, religion, and politics. Guests have included Brian Greene, Susan Jacoby, Richard Dawkins, Ann Druyan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Eugenie Scott, Adam Savage, Bill Nye, and Francis Collins. Point of Inquiry is produced at the Center for Inquiry in Amherst, N.Y.



Professor Elizabeth Loftus on False Memories

Do you trust your memory? What if your memories could be tampered with and manipulated?

In this week's episode, Jim Underdown speaks to Professor Elizabeth Loftus on how accusations and convictions can be made on the basis of false memories. How do they happen and why? Loftus walks us through specific examples from cases she has worked on where false memories were implanted in the mind of a witness. We also dive into the common misconceptions surrounding remembering details.

Loftus is a professor of psychology and law at the University of California, Irvine. She has given a TED talk on the manipulation of memories, has published numerous articles and books, and has served as an expert witness or consultant in hundreds of cases including the McMartin preschool molestation case and the trial of Oliver North.


 2020-02-20  52m