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The holy grail of chance - June 6th 2012, 11:44 PM

http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/arch...-pill?page=all

The forgetting pill.

Looking forward to its release so I can demand that they nuke everything from my mind. It'll be a whole lot easier than the situation i'm in rofl.

Glad to know when i'm theorizing up new ways to wipe my memory/make solutions to how I think, there's already scientists working on it.
   
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Re: The holy grail of chance - June 8th 2012, 07:24 PM

Oh my goodness... this article is so interesting. Like... mind blowing. I love brainz.

I think the most interesting parts to me weren't about the magic pill at all, but rather the impermanence of memories and the re-consolidation/recollection of trauma. And as I continue reading, this sentence completely baffles my mind: "Although scientists have long wondered how to target specific memories in the brain, it turns out to be remarkably easy: all you have to do is ask people to remember them." I can't even wrap my head around that statement... So many memories happen at the same time and they mush in with the current stuff and it's just so chaotic; not sure how to really narrow that down to one memory in the first place!

While I can see the benefit of forgetting pain, I can also see the extreme detriment... Propranolol didn't completely get rid of the memory, therefore allowed growth and maturity to occur. This new drug just completely wipes it from your mind, leaving you vulnerable to putting yourself in the same situation again. [Kept reading, the article brings this up too]

The idea is totally fascinating, but as imperfect as the methods similar to it that have been. Don't think it would quite "nuke" everything from your mind, rather just leave holes that could become confusing later. I also wonder if, over time, the memories can be triggered back into memory, or if the memory is in essence "zapped"... if all it takes to target a memory is to remember it and all the paths surrounding the memory are still there as well as the ability to create new memories, the ability to remember would still be there if you are reminded, right? I just... I forgot where I was going with this because I'm currently mindfucked. Will return with a clearer head to ponder some more.

Thank you so much for sharing... made my day.


   
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