Monday, 16 February 2009

'Pill to erase bad memories...'

'A drug which appears to erase painful memories has been developed by scientists.

The astonishing treatment could help sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder and those whose lives are plagued by hurtful recurrent memories.

But British experts said the breakthrough raises disturbing ethical questions about what makes us human.

They also warned it could have damaging psychological consequences, preventing those who take it from learning from their mistakes.'



Christopher Knowles said...

Yeah, we've had such great luck with psycho-pharms, I'm sure this is a terrific idea.

I knew there was an Eternal Sunshine riff in here somewhere.

Autumnforest said...

I had a sister who had so much electroshock therapy, she lost all memory of her first 18 years. You'd think that clean slate might have made her able to overcome her emotional issues, but she went on to have issues with drinking and eating and lots of emotional problems, even not remembering her screwed up upbringing. If there was a pill that could erase my traumatic memories, I wouldn't take it. The thing that fuels change is having something so heinous occur that you become possessed by doing things differently. Just look at John Walsh. What would the world of finding criminals be like if he hadn't lost his son and became so defiant he wanted to help others?

tommy said...

How is this not seen as a total mind-control drug? Because they supply the problem, the reaction, and the solution.

They want to replace the heart with a drug/chemical. I can't see something like this leading to anything other than abandonment and neglect of serious issues.

Jimmy Bastard said...

Sorry to burst the scientific bubble here, but the drug has been around for many years.

It's called Vodka.

Anadæ Effro said...

I have gotsta, gotsta, GOTSTA reply to your sightings post with the respect it deserves, Ben, but the awe I still feel from having visited the Parthenon replete with a forty-two foot tall Athena Parthenos, in Nashville, Tennessee's Centennial Park of all places, everyone, precludes my respectful response but demands it all the same.

Here, though, Mr Knowles is right, Big Pharma IS a quick fix industry & shan't ever find a cure for psychological pain. As Ms Forest heartbreakingly recounted, I, too, know from firsthand experience.

My ancientmost Scythian heritage lended itself to cannabis indulgence. I lived on Planet Hemp, hah, hah, hah, for two decades. Two alchie grandfathers imprinted an addictive personality onto me. My older brother has Asperger's, a high-functioning autism spectrum disorder. Some say Einstein may've had that, too. Point is my brother self-medicated with beer for years. So, Mr Bastard is right-on about the vod.

Pain? It makes for good art. I have half a lifetime with which to transmute. I would never sacrifice what I need to shape into something beautiful for a life of chemical lobotomisation.

Happily Straight Edge & sane,
Anadæ Effro ( :-)}

Ben Fairhall said...

'Chemical lobotomisation' is absolutely right, Anadae, but a lot of people (the majority?) will opt for it, thus inaugurating a new species. (Technology is having a similar effect also.)

Those who deign to live without pharmaceuticals will, in the near future, be regarded in the same way as those who belligerently refuse the seductive charms of television, cell phones and Twitter.