quote: Researchers have found they can use drugs to wipe away single, specific memories while leaving other memories intact. By injecting an amnesia drug at the right time, when a subject was recalling a particular thought, neuro-scientists discovered they could disrupt the way the memory is stored and even make it disappear.
quote:The research suggests memories can be manipulated because they act as if made from glass, existing in a molten state as they are being created, before turning solid. When the memory is recalled, however, it becomes molten again and so can be altered before it once more resets.
The drug used by the scientists is thought to disrupt the biochemical pathways that allow the memory to "harden" after it is recalled.
This sounds like really cool sci-fi. Everyone I know talks about how fast science is changing our life. I agree it is fast. The information age took me by surprise. But this...this is beyond "things going faster," this is...I am flabbergasted.
What are the ramifications of erasing memories? I can see a whole new level of date rape, abuse, military abuse, et cetera. I don't think the benefits of eliminating PTS is worth it.
This scares me on a whole new existential level.
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