Speak, Memory (No More?)

Chinese scientists are hard at work developing a drug that could allow for the permanent erasure of painful or unpleasant memories. Personally, that’s what I always thought alcohol was for. But all joking aside, the potential applicability of such a drug to humans raises a number of ethical questions, most of them frightening. The broader question — and one which a number of scientific innovations in the pipelines, such as genetic modification and biological-technological interfaces — is to what extent is the instrumental manipulation of the human condition appropriate?

~ by Benji on October 25, 2008.

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