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Thought Experiments

on the Question of Being Human:

 

Memory and Identity


Pre and Post “Spectrum“ Survey

1. We asked, “How concerned are you personally about memory/loss/dementia?”

Their pre-show response was:


  



Very Concerned                                                                              Not at all

And post-show:

   



There were fewer responses after, but there appears to be a general shift toward more concerned.

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2. We asked, “How closely connected are you personally to someone who has experienced memory loss/dementia?”


Their pre-show response was:




Very Connected                                                                              Not at all

And post-show:

   



There were fewer responses after and, as we would expect, the distribution looks about the same.

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3. We asked, “Would you rather lose all of your memories of 20 years ago, but remember yesterday, or would you rather not be able to remember yesterday, but remember your memories of 20 years ago?”


Their pre-show response was:




Lose 20 Years Ago/                                                                       Remember yesterday/

Remember Yesterday                                                                     Remember 20 years ago


And post-show:

   



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4. We asked, “To what degree do memories play an important role in forming your identity?”


Their pre-show response was:




Very Important Role                                                                            Not very important Role


And post-show:

   



This survey is a prototype of the method we intend to use with future events. For now, we are letting the visuals stand on their own.


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