How long do significant memories remain significant?

F.B.I. agents know time has very little to do with memory. They know every married person remembers the weather on their wedding day, no matter how long ago. Significance drives memory.

James Comey, former F.B.I. Director, and avid writer wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times regarding the F.B.I. investigation of the sexual assault accusations leveled against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and in it was a rather interesting assertion about memory and what the F.B.I. knows about it – that the significance of memory is what sears it into our rather malleable brains. Now, regardless of your party affiliation and what you think about Brett Kavanaugh as a person and nominee for a position on the highest court in the United States, it must be said that the quote above is interesting at the very least, no? And the F.B.I. and its former director would seem to be pretty authoritative sources on the subject. After all, they are the F.B.I. and one would expect them to be well versed in coaxing the truth (read: memory of the truth) out of an interviewee.

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