#SoCS for 6/8/19 ~ Word From Nearest Book

Hello fine folks of the blogosphere.  Time once again for #SoCS.  Today the lovely Linda gives us a prompt which requires some choosing.  Random finger pointing in the best way possible.  Not finger pointing as in placing blame.  You know what they say when you point a finger?  Three fingers are pointed back at you.  Ha!  I have turned into a soap box kinda gal haven’t I?

Nobody likes a tattletale.  But what about see something say something? … Tattle away please.  Blow that whistle!  Can you tell I’ve been at some airports lately?

Detouring from my long opening, here is the specific information:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “open book, point, write.” Pick up the closest book to you when you sit down to write your post. Close your eyes, open the book, and place your finger on the page. Whatever word or phrase your finger lands on, write about it. Enjoy!

First off the closest book to me right now is “a spark of light” by Jodi Picoult.  As with all her books, the subject matter is intense, controversial, debatable.  I am enjoying my read because Jodi has a way of presenting both sides of an issue without picking a side.  Just the facts ma’am and then you decide … for yourself.  Her fiction reads like “real” life.  You know her characters.  Hell in some of her books you ARE her characters.

Without further ado, this is the phrase I landed on:

Now her brain – her celebrated retired professor brain …

Ah!  Let me introduce you to Olive.  Olive and her wife Peg have made a lovely home in the community.  She taught at the local university.  Her classes were the most popular, always full.  On the first day she performs an exercise to shows her students that their memories are mostly made up.  She photo-shops them into pictures of places they’ve never been but tells them she captured the images from their social media.  She asks them to briefly explain a memory from that day.  Sure enough, each student starts to create a false memory from the fake image.

Doing so is human’s coping mechanism … there is simply too much going on around us for us to take it in and remember it.  Not a single student says they can’t remember anything.  Fascinating stuff huh?  And true.  Jodi cites her sources and the above exercise came from a live case.  Makes me want to go back to a school and get a degree in psychology.

Okay, ‘nuf said.  This was fun y’all.  Thanks Linda for providing us the space to stream.

For the rest of you fine folks, to Join this Merry Band of Prompt Respondents, Click HERE!

As always more to come.

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14 thoughts on “#SoCS for 6/8/19 ~ Word From Nearest Book

  1. Our brains are designed to fill in the gaps. Sometimes that’s good, but sometimes imagination can seem very real. Fascinating stuff. There is still so much we have to learn about psychology.

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