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Twittering Machine #3 (Mandela Effect)

Sleep is one part of our day yet to be completely monetized by capitalism. We drink highly caffeinated beverages to stay awake, and purchase sleep aids to finally go to sleep in the hope of achieving a healthy rejuvenating night's rest. Sleep is the one resource that seems to be sacrificed first, when asked to do more with less. We continually optimize and look for efficiencies, throughout our daily activities and many of us now wear biometric devices to monitor and optimize our sleep. As we increase our waking activities and sleep so much less, ironically we seem to be asleep when it comes to creating change in the world. We no longer have time for wasteful activities such as daydreaming. Sleep is a virtual private space where our unconscious mind can explore our hopes and fears through dreams and nightmares.

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False Memory
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A false memory is the psychological phenomenon where a person recalls something that did not happen. False memory is often considered in legal cases regarding childhood sexual abuse. This phenomenon was initially investigated by psychological pioneers Pierre Janet and Sigmund Freud. Freud wrote The Aetiology of Hysteria, where he discussed repressed memories of childhood sexual trauma in their relation to hysteria. Elizabeth Loftus has, since her debuting research project in 1974, been a lead researcher in memory recovery and false memories. False memory syndrome recognizes false memory as a prevalent part of one's life in which it affects the person's mentality and day-to-day life. False memory syndrome differs from false memory in that the syndrome is heavily influential in the orientation of a person's life, while false memory can occur without this significant effect. The syndrome takes effect because the person believes the influential memory to be true. However, its research is controversial and the syndrome is excluded from identification as a mental disorder and, therefore, is also excluded from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. False memory is an important part of psychological research because of the ties it has to a large number of mental disorders, such as PTSD.

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