Can you trust your memory? - Sheila Marie Orfano
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Akira Kurosawa is regarded as the first Japanese director to gain international acclaim. In addition to Rashomon, his filmography includes the emotional Ikiru and the quintessential action movie Seven Samurai. Though Akutagawa formulated the plot that originally describes the Rashomon effect, it was the popularity of Kurosawa’s film that led to the creation of the term.
The Rashomon effect has real implications across a variety of disciplines, from philosophy and communications to sociology and anthropology. It often pops up in politics and social justice, too, like in disagreements about politically and racially charged issues such as policing and gun control. In these scenarios, the effect highlights how our internal biases can subconsciously or consciously influence our interpretation of what has happened. This lesson further explains how factors like our political identity can affect our ability to process information.
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