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Scientist's Discover How To Delete Unwanted Memories [Daily Bloggity Entry #369]

Posted October 12th, 2016 at 1:00 PM by El Héroe Oscuro

Scientists Discover How To Delete
Unwanted Memories

Date: 12 October 2016
Time: 12:16 PM ET
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Memories are fickle things. Some we want to treasure forever, as those memories bring reminiscities of good times and laughs. However, there are also those kind of memories which we just want to eradicate from our memory banks, forgotten to the winds. As you might be thinking, that's something that's very difficult to do, as sometimes memories seem to slip through your mind through the unconsciousness. However, what if I told you that very soon, we might have the ability to delete or erase any unwanted memories? Sounds like something from a science-fiction movie, but it's an upcoming truth to reality.

Via a PBS NOVA documentary entitled "Memory Hackers," a group of researchers and scientists delve into the nature of memory and how it's contents may be manipulated in order to benefit mankind holistically. Within this documentary, the researchers not only touch upon the idea of the benefits of being able to manipulate memories, but also the problems it could cause. Julia Shaw, a psychology professor at London South Bank University, designed a system of placing false memories within the individual, convincing them that they actually committed false crimes such as robbing a bank. Out of the test subjects she placed this sytem on, 70% of participants were convinced of this.

"For much of human history, memory has been seen as a tape recorder that faithfully registers information and replays it intact," say the film's makers. The film maker's continued by saying "but now, researchers are discovering that memory is far more malleable, always being written and rewritten, not just by us but by others. We are discovering the precise mechanisms that can explain and even control our memories."

The documentary debuted in the United States in February of this year and a preview of the documentary can be found here:

What do you guys think about this? Do you think mankind should be able to manipulate one's own memories and have the capacity to delete unwanted ones? Or is it important to remember selected memories even if they are bad? Comment below as I'd love to hear and discuss with you what you have to say about this topic!

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  1. Old Comment
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    The idea of people deleting memories or manipulating them is kind of concerning when you consider the legal ramifications.
    Posted October 13th, 2016 at 2:43 AM by gimmepie gimmepie is offline
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    Originally Posted by gimmepie View Comment
    The idea of people deleting memories or manipulating them is kind of concerning when you consider the legal ramifications.
    It's kind of disturbing really. A person essentially is their memories, and if you can just change that.....
    Posted October 13th, 2016 at 7:35 PM by Nah Nah is offline