“While memories are great teachers and obviously crucial for survival and adaptation, selectively removing incapacitating memories, such as traumatic war memories or an unwanted fear, could help many people live better lives,” Tsien said.
The “work reveals a molecular mechanism of how [memory deletion] can be done quickly and without doing damage to brain cells.”
I’ve already spoken about this line of research before (and at greater length in “No more painful memories?”), and am still extremely uncomfortable with it. The possibility that you can send people to war, or torture detainees, then erase their memories of it just make my skin crawl. This is exactly the sort of technology secret services would want to get their hands on, and there’s no reason to think there’d be any qualms against using it.
What are your thoughts?