Can you elaborate ? I'm curious about the topic because I've heard this statement from several of my friends, but I can't quite wrap my head around it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interference_theory

New memories can interfere with the recall of old ones if they are similar.

That doesn't necessarily mean fiction is likely to cause problems.

That doesn't necessarily mean fiction is likely to cause problems.

I guess it depends, in part, on how similar the knowledge you deem important is similar to works of fiction. To use a trivial example, I doubt that any work of fiction would cause me to forget what 2 + 2 is equal to.

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