Eyewitnesses Are Futile
  • Edinburgh Fringe

Memory is an untrustworthy companion. It fails often and badly " people even have memory for things that never happened. And it isnt trivial " just ask Calvin Johnson, who spent sixteen years in jail because he was misidentified by an eyewitness. Stephen Darling (Queen Margaret University) argues we need to be careful when we use witnesses in court, because memory just isn't fit for this purpose. People remember being licked by cartoon characters, and exaggerate and distort reality just because of how we ask them things. In short, memory is very, very misleading