Soldiers haunted by scenes of war and victims scarred by violence may wish they could wipe the memories from their minds. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University say that may someday be possible.Why is is that I read this story and I hear this exchange in my head:
A commercial drug remains far off — and its use would be subject to many ethical and practical questions. But scientists have laid a foundation with their discovery that proteins can be removed from the brain's fear center to erase memories forever.
Jay: Did you ever flashy-thing me?Allusions to cheesy (but fun) Will Smith movies aside, the implications are pretty staggering. The possibilities for good from this - helping victims of horrific crimes forget what happened, or helping soldiers recover from the horros or war - are limitless. Unfortunately, so are the possibilities for evil - the mind balks at the sheer volume of petty problems that could be caused with a device that removes memories. It could be used as an alternative to prison - or simply be the most effective lobotomy to date. We need to tread very carefully here as this discovery plays out.
Jay: I ain't playing with you, K. Did you ever flashy-thing me?
Do we really want to let the memory-erasing genie out of the bottle?
That is all.