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(The Atlantic)   Is it ethical to erase bad memories? Well, Cubs fans would probably think so   (theatlantic.com) divider line 19
    More: Interesting, electroshock therapy, long-term memories, Arthur Caplan, Doctors and Nurses, Stanford School of Medicine, Eternal Sunshine, bioethics, Radboud University  
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2014-05-16 07:47:42 AM  
In some ways, the damage is already done and the brain has already been physically altered by the experience. Removing the memory may change a person's ability to identify the cause of their depression, but the pain again remains mainly in the brain.
 
2014-05-16 07:50:46 AM  
"Hello. I'm Howard Mierzwiak, founder and president of Lacuna Incorporated."
 
2014-05-16 08:11:40 AM  
Isn't that why alcohol was invented?
 
2014-05-16 08:42:18 AM  
How happy is the blameless vestal's lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Each pray'r accepted, and each wish resign'd

-Pope Alexander
 
2014-05-16 08:51:24 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: How happy is the blameless vestal's lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Each pray'r accepted, and each wish resign'd

-Pope Alexander


And done.

How happy is the blameless vestal's lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind!
Each pray'r accepted, and each wish resign'des
 
2014-05-16 08:59:40 AM  
Is there any risk of brain damage?
 
2014-05-16 09:05:00 AM  
Anyone know where I can get it wholesale?
 
2014-05-16 09:06:15 AM  
I had my childhood erased so I could hold 1.2 jigawatts in my head and talk to dolphins.
 
2014-05-16 09:07:18 AM  
If I erased all of my bad memories, I would be an empty shell.
 
2014-05-16 09:15:36 AM  
Ethics wouldn't come into play.
The question should be is it moral.

And that's up to the individual to decide.
 
2014-05-16 09:46:43 AM  
Does it matter? Ethics don't come into it if it's someones wishes. If someone wants a memory erased, and it's possible, and they can afford it, let them.

If the government wants to erase memories of employees and citizens, that is unethical.

Everyone tries to inject a moral or ethical debate into simple straight forward matters that don't warrant it.
 
2014-05-16 09:47:11 AM  
It's ethical, it's moral, and I'd mortgage my house if I could erase some of the things I've experienced.
 
2014-05-16 09:47:43 AM  
Shoulda read the comments first, Honest Bender said it first.
 
2014-05-16 09:52:05 AM  
The brain can already repress memories it finds traumatic. I don't know why it'd be unethical to go a little farther than what the brain is already doing.
 
2014-05-16 10:16:11 AM  
I need my pain.

-James T Kirk
 
2014-05-16 10:45:17 AM  
As the article itself states, it's not possible to erase memories in a real way. People may forget events, but the longterm impact those events and the neural connections formed seems impossible to erase. They become a part of your baseline personality and evolved reactions.
 
2014-05-16 12:18:12 PM  
I would pay to have memories of sleeping with Kate Winslet installed.
 
2014-05-16 01:30:15 PM  

Demetrius: Isn't that why alcohol was invented?


And it's been extensively tested in vivo, by Cubs fans.

/Cubs fan
 
2014-05-16 01:49:12 PM  
Article reads like undergrad essay.
ECT may be extreme, but there are other therapies.
The use of substances like PKMZeta to help prevent PTSD sounds could be a good thing.
 
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