Plagiarism & Cryptomesia


All literature is plagiarised anyhow.
– Mark Twain in defense of Helen Keller

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Here is the recent account of plagiarism in Indian blog. Some one named Caligula copied entire blog post from Arunn’s post on Nano-aluminum and rocket science on his blog. You can see the reaction to it here.

As plagiarism is in raise in all kinds of publication, many people attribute it to Google. As Google makes it easy to get the correct data. It becomes tempting to copy the work already done!

Now universities are using the software turnitin to figure if the reports written by students is genuine or not. There is an interesting info relating to Helen Keller (1880-1968) and plagiarism. It was accused that Helen Keller copied her work The frost King a children story from one Margret Carby’s earlier work The frost fairies! But it was later found that Keller remembered the story earlier and mistakenly attributed it to her own creativity.

The unintentional plagiarism is known as cryptomesia and is recognized condition/ Psychologist Marcia Johnson suggests that people commonly forget when they have learned information, making them likely to mis attribute it at a latter date.

If one copies text verbatim, it is easy to figure it out,but becomes much more difficult if one tries to copies the idea.

Meanwhile, I learned information quoted above form the column The Word in New Scientit magazine!

Arunn, be aware that Caligula may claim that is suffering from cryptomesia!



2 Responses to “Plagiarism & Cryptomesia”

  1. 1 gp March 10, 2007 at 12:35 am

    the whole world is a stage and we are all either critics or actors continuously repeating the same shi*t

  2. 2 Arunn March 9, 2007 at 3:13 pm

    Caligula is far more a moron than that to delete my comment about the entire episode. The proof is there at my blog. On the other hand, caligula does provide a link to my post but without putting my name anywhere in the rest of the copy paste stuff, which IS violation of my copyright. And that is what I wanted to be rectified, which it seems is too much for caligula.

    Let us see…

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