Monday, February 16, 2009

A pill to erase bad memories

"Removing bad memories . . . will change our personal identity since who we are is linked to our memories. It may perhaps be beneficial in some cases, but before eradicating memories, we must reflect on the effects that this will have on individuals, society and our sense of humanity."

~Dr Daniel Sokol, lecturer in Medical Ethics at St George's, University of London

The BBC reports that Dutch scientists have discovered that the beta blocker propranolol has another effect besides helping heart health. It erases bad memories. Now everyone, it seems, will be able to experience their very own Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I wonder if this will become the next ridiculously overpriced street drug like Oxycontin.

Read the story of this bizarre discovery for yourself.

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