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William Hirstein

William Hirstein is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Elmhurst College.

Titles by This Author

Self-Deception and the Riddle of Confabulation

Some neurological patients exhibit a striking tendency to confabulate—to construct false answers to a question while genuinely believing that they are telling the truth. A stroke victim, for example, will describe in detail a conference he attended over the weekend when in fact he has not left the hospital. Normal people, too, sometimes have a tendency to confabulate; rather than admitting "I don't know," some people will make up an answer or an explanation and express it with complete conviction.