The Inaccuracies of Eyewitness Testimony
Dr. Elizabeth Loftus is world renowned for her work in the field of eyewitness testimony. Before her work in the 70’s, eyewitness testimony was considered rock solid. Her experiments proved that not only does memory NOT work like a tape recorder, it is in fact routinely altered before, during, and after an event! In her words, it is like a Wikipedia page: You can edit it, but so can other people. This was paradigm shifting, not only for court cases, but for people in general. What are we to do if we can’t really trust our own memories?
We discuss this, as well as My Cousin Vinny, Adnan Syed, Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, Deep Fakes, and Photographic Memory.