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Posted - 05/11/2006 :  16:35:37  Show Profile  Visit Aerik's Homepage Send Aerik a Private Message
[quote="Kil"]False Memory Syndrome would be a meaningful diagnosis that accurately explains lost and recovered memories of those who claim UFO abduction, satanic ritual Abuse, childhood sexual abuse and other traumatic events.[/quote]

I must refer to George Orwell here, in Politics and the English language. .

Kil, either it is a good explaination, or it is not. A theory or a physical condition either works, or it does not work. It's validity is digital, not analogue. More, it is boolean, only true or false. It is not even Gaussian. You do not sound more sophisticated or scientific or objective me by putting your question in the passive rather than the active. In fact, False Memory Syndrome is a theory now, so putting it in the passive as a "would" implies that it has not been invented yet. This is at best disingenuous.

Tsk, tsk.

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Posted - 05/11/2006 :  17:16:17   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message
Originally posted by Aerik

In fact, False Memory Syndrome is a theory now...
It may be a theory, but it's not yet a "meaningful diagnosis."
It is important to note that this syndrome is not listed in the DSM and has not been recognized by the APA or AMA as an official syndrome, as of yet.

- Questioning the Validity of False Memory Syndrome
Furthermore, a theory explains phenomena we see in the world. There are good theories and bad theories (think heliocentrism vs. geocentrism). Good and bad are both theories, hence the need for the modifier, "accurately."

That being said, I agree that "would" is rather poor word choice. "Is" certainly isn't appropriate, of course, for the reasons above. How about "may?"

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Posted - 05/11/2006 :  18:55:15   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Kil's Homepage  Send Kil an AOL message  Send Kil a Yahoo! Message Send Kil a Private Message
How about "may?"

I'm cool with “may.” As for FMS being a theory, it is a theory only in the most casual use of that word.

Uncertainty may make you uncomfortable. Certainty makes you ridiculous.

Why not question something for a change?

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