Dimitri Mellos wrote to The New Yorker [June9 & 16, 2014,
Page 11] in response to Michael Specter’s article in the May 19th
issue about how neuroscience has currently been corroborating Freud’s theories,
resurrecting the psychoanalyst to a new, esteemed status among scientists:
With his concepts of “screen memories” and Nachträglichkeit
(“deferred action,” or “afterwardness”), Freud described how memory is a
palimpsest, a work of constant reconstruction, and how subsequent experiences
can alter both the content and the psychological import of previous memories.
Yes, memory is compromised by the intersection of past
experiences with more recent experiences, making UFO witness testimony,
especially the Roswell witness testimony, gathered years after the supposed
However, The Arts cable offering has a documentary segment
that presents a remembrance by 88 year-old Eva Hart recounting her experiences
at age 7 aboard The Titanic when it sank in 1912:
Ms. Hart’s reconstruction of what happened to her was
supported by photos taken aboard the great ship in 1912 showing her remembrance
of detail was spot on.
Thus, one might conclude that some old memories remain
intact and pretty much accurate.
When UFO investigators take witness testimony, they have to gather supporting testimony or evidence to corroborate what
they’ve been told.
This hadn’t been done in the past, and the opportunity to do
so is now lost or gone.
But let Freud’s insights be a caveat for today’s UFO
researchers or investigators.