Recursion is a New York Times Bestseller by Blake Crouch, author of Dark Matter and the Wayward Pines triology. Described as mind-bending, action-packed and deeply emotional, Recursion is science fiction thriller set in New York, exploring love, grief and the nature of memories.
When Barry Sutton fails to stop the suicide of a women suffering with False Memory Syndrome, a mysterious affliction that drives its victims mad with memories of a life they never lived, his search for the truth is more terrifying than any disease. Neuroscientist Helena Smith, whose mother has Alzheimer’s disease, has dedicated her life to creating a technology that will preserve our most precious memories forever. As their stories collide, Barry and Helena are trapped together in a loop of ever-growing chaos.
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Blake Crouch joins us at the Radio Bookclub to talk about his latest science-fiction thriller Recursion, which has at its heart False Memory Syndrome — a mysterious affliction that drives its victims mad with memories of a life they never lived. NYC cop Barry Sutton searches for the truth and then comes face to face with an opponent more terrifying than any disease — a force that attacks not just our minds, but the very fabric of the past.Play
The brain has billions of neurons interconnected by trillions of synapses. It is at these synapses where memories are made. Ground-breaking research by Timothy Bliss, Graham Collingridge and Richard Morris has transformed our understanding of memory, and offered new insights into devastating effects of failing memory.
This year they won the Brain Prize, the world’s most valuable award in brain research. Claudia Hammond meets them in front of an audience at London’s Royal Institution to discuss how memories are made.Play
As mentioned in Recursion, the Mandela Effect is when a large group of people misremember the same experience. However, many claim misremembrance is an insufficient explanation and choose to invoke the paranormal. This video looks at a number of popular Mandela Effect examples, in an effort to determine if this paranormal invocation is truly necessary.Watch
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia and also the best understood. It is thought to be caused by the formation of abnormal deposits of protein in the brain. A video from the Alzheimer’s Society, the leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers.Watch
This is the original article that gave Blake Crouch the idea for Recursion, as mentioned in his podcast interview. In a neuroscience breakthrough, the science duo pioneered a real-life version of Inception. From the Smithsonian MagazineRead Article
Netflix has secured the rights to international bestselling author Blake Crouch’s book “Recursion” for a feature film, as well as a television universe. “Recursion” will be published by Crown on June 11, 2019.Read Article
In late December 2019 the False Memory Syndrome Foundation (FMSF) announced its cessation, as of the end of the calendar year, not with a bang, but with a whimper, just a little note on the bottom of their website homepage. From ISSTD News.Read Article
Blake Crouch Author Website
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Clifford Johnson Home Page
The Home Page for Clifford Johnson, professor in the Physics and Astronomy Department at the University of Southern California, who supported Blake Crouch on Recursion.Visit Website
Description of False Memory Syndrome
A description of False Memory Syndrome from Encyclopedia Britannica.Read