This nOde last updated May 7th, 2003 and is permanently morphing...
(11 K'an (Corn) / 12 Uo - 24/260 - 18.104.22.168.4)
In this mental operation, a person
incorporates a memory
from a motion picture, television show, rumor, or whatever other source and
uses that recollection as the basis for a personal memory. This process
may be involved in cases where a UFO
"abductee," for example, relates "memories" of the abduction similar to events
seen dramatized earlier in a work of entertainment.
Parallels have been noted between the release or broadcast of certain UFO-related
dramas and subsequent reports of "abductions" and other incidents resembling
events in those dramas. There is reason to think this process may have
been active in the United States in the late 19th century, because of similarities
between reports of "airship" sightings and the story of French science
fiction author Jules Verne's previously published novel _Robur the Conqueror_,
about an inventor and his fantastic airship.
As Wilde once noted, Nature imitates Art as much as Art imitates Nature. We never SEE a foggy city the same way after we have encountered a Whistler painting of a foggy city; sea water never looks the same after we've read Lovecraft's stories of Cthulhu, the Deep Ones, the Shoggoths and the other loathsome creatures who dwell at the ocean's floor; friendly strangers never look quite as honest after you've passed through a Thomas Harris novel about serial killers and how they inspire trust and confidence and persuade otherwise sensible people to come with them to lonely places.
Anton Wilson - "Living In One's Own Fiction" in _Cosmic