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Old 10-23-2008, 01:31 AM   #11
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I NEED my unpleasant memories. I learned from them!

Gotta agree with this one. Once the pain of the initial exposure is over, the rest is what builds your character. It's what defines a person and motivates their behavior. I wouldn't erase any of my drunken escapades or youthful indiscretions. Every year I become a little less of an asshole because of those 'morning after' memories.


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Old 10-23-2008, 01:27 PM   #12
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"I don't want my pain taken away! I need my pain!" - James T. Kirk.




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Old 10-23-2008, 03:47 PM   #13
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You know I agree that we are the sum total of all our experiences both good and bad. It's not what life deals you but the choices you make. In the case where someone is essentially an emotional cripple I can see this being helpful with great caution. The technology itself scares the crap out of me. The film title I presented, "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" was eerie as all get-out when I watched it. I could easily see this technology being prescribed like the loosely prescribed meds these days.
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Old 10-23-2008, 05:35 PM   #14
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That's really neat, although mouse memory is much simpler than human memory. Those furry little bastards don't have language, so they rely on implicit associative learning much more than we do. It's impressive as hell that these scientists can knock that out in mice, but a human memory is so much more complex, and so much more interlinked to other explicit and conscious experiences that we've had that I can't see how on earth you could possibly remove a single memory from a human mind. Or rather, I don't see how you could do it without also f**king up lots of other stuff. If you were in a traumatic car accident and your memory of it was removed, would you also have to remove the memory of spending two weeks in hospital? And if so, how would you account for the big and freaky two-week period of amnesia, or the serious injuries you were recovering from? And how would you explain how you met the cool other people in the rehab center, or why you no longer have a car? And as other people have said, if you happened to be a crap driver, it's surely in your best interest to remember that so you do something about it. Like not drive.

Really cool story though.
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It's only a matter of time Danek (as to the progress). People can control mouse pointer movements with their brain implants, and the initial work on thought reading has been done. That was probably 5 to 10 years ago.


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