After posting my piece about Richard Dawkins I had a few emails about the issue of False Memory Syndrome or to be accurate False Belief Syndrome (You can’t have a memory of what never happened – false or otherwise – it is correct to say you can have a belief of what you think may have happened).
I do not make light of the issue of False Memory Syndrome. It is a serious situation when incompetent therapists lead their clients to conclusions about what never happened. The many false allegations of satanic abuse that tore families apart during the 1980’s and 1990’s stands testament to this. I’m not going to get into the whole argument of the validity (or in my opinion the lack of validity) of satanic abuse, but the following is a timely reminder of how incompetent therapists can ruin lives.