Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A casual conversation; a chat.
  • n. A fabricated memory believed to be true.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Familiar talk; easy, unrestrained, unceremonious conversation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A talking together; chatting; familiar talk; easy, unrestrained conversation: as, the two had a long confabulation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (psychiatry) a plausible but imagined memory that fills in gaps in what is remembered
  • n. an informal conversation

Etymologies

Latin confabulari "to talk together", com- "together" + fabulari "to chat" from fabula "fable, tale" (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Assuming he got away with murder the first time, which I think 95 percent of Americans do believe, he developed what I call a confabulation between denial and delusion.

    CNN Transcript Dec 5, 2008

  • The basic idea called confabulation is that what humans (and mammals in general) are computing is not the most likely answer to a set of facts (baysian) but instead what would make the existing facts they have most likely to be true.

    Framing Effects and Memory, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • Furthermore, brain scientists have noted the pervasive nature of self-deception and of different species of "confabulation", and they have begun to make progress in unmasking the underlying neurological processes (Hirstein 2005).

    Emotion

  • This ties into the idea of confabulation as the frontal lobes’ post-facto rationalization of decisions already made by the mammalian or reptilian brains.

    i have no thesis here, i just like saying numinous

  • The idea of "confabulation" is central to "The Museum of Lost Wonder," as you might expect.

    SFGate: Top News Stories

  • Tell all you friends and neighbors along with family member about my quest and ask them go mark their vote for "confabulation" thank you one and all …

    confabulation

  • Psychologists call this tendency to fill in nonexistent details confabulation.

    World Wide Mind

  • How many times and how strongly was Bush challenged on his ridiculous Iraq-9/ll confabulation?

    Think Progress » Fox News commentator Geraldo Rivera criticizes Bret Baier’s Obama interview.

  • The traits of narcissistic personality disorder are: invalidation projection (especially of shame) pathological lying denial gaslighting slander stinginess self-contridictory verbally abusive entitled arrogant exploitative egocentric manipulation of the truth manipulation of others expressing disdaine for those you feel are inferior lack of empathy exaggerating your achievements and talents confabulation of truth

    Think Progress » Van Jones to Glenn Beck: ‘I see you, and I love you, brother.’ (Updated)

  • A friend tried to explain the reason, but that disappeared in that ridiculous blue confabulation of his before he told me where he gets his grooming products from.

    2010 March « The Graveyard

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