We have all wished for it, one time or another. What if we could forget all the bad things that happened? What if we didn`t have to feel all the pain? If we could erase all of it, would we do it? Some of you might have seen the movie eternal sunshine on a spotless mind, where the protagonist wants to erase the memory of his former lover, but discovers that he doesn`t want to, when the process has begun. I am a bit curious. What would you do, if given the choice?
Can our memories be edited, even turned off? Can we turn bad memories into good memories? MIT neuroscience lab rats, Steve Ramirez and Xu Liu, say yes. In fact, they’ve done it.
But what about the ethics of such science? They discuss that, too, in today’s featured TED talk
- TED: Steve Ramirez and Xu Liu: A mouse. A laser beam. A manipulated memory. – Steve Ramirez / Xu Liu (2013) (ted.com)
- Tabula Rasa (busymindthinking.com)
- How to manually change a memory: Steve Ramirez and Xu Liu at TEDxBoston (tedx.com)