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The Forgetting Pill

From: Dave Haith <visions1.nul>
Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2012 15:24:42 +0100
Archived: Tue, 31 Jul 2012 12:15:45 -0400
Subject: The Forgetting Pill


I ran across this interesting article yesterday about a pill to
erase selected memories and wondered what relevance this might
have to the UFO abduction scenario.

http://www.wired.com/magazine/2012/02/ff/forgettingpill/all/

I mean if we are can so effectively tamper with memory now, is
it not reasonable to assume a far more advanced civilisation
might have learned how to program us to their advantage?

Although I disliked reading of the experiments with rats I mused
that we might also be the rats in some cosmic experiment.

Here's a brief summary of what the piece is about followed by a
couple of paragraphs taken at random from the body of the
article to tempt your brain palate.

Memory Erasure: How It Works

For years scientists have been able to change the emotional tone
of a memory by administering certain drugs just before asking
people to recall the event in detail. New research suggests that
they'll be able to target and erase specific memories
altogether. Here's how.

1 - Pick a memory.

It has to be something deeply implanted in the brain, a long-
term memory that has undergone a process called consolidation- a
restructuring of neural connections.

2 - Recall requires neural connections by protein synthesis.

To remember something, your brain synthesizes new proteins to
stabilize circuits of neural connections. To date, researchers
have identified one such protein, called PKMzeta. Before trying
to erase the targeted memory, researchers would ensure that it
was ensconced by having the patient write down an account of the
event or retell it aloud several times.

3 - Nuke the memory.

To delete the memory, researchers would administer a drug that
blocks PKMzeta and then ask the patient to recall the event
again. Because the protein required to reconsolidate the memory
will be absent, the memory will cease to exist. Neuroscientists
think they'll be able to target the specific memory by using
drugs that bind selectively to receptors found only in the
correct area of the brain.

4 - Everything else is fine.

If the drug is selective enough and the memory precise enough,
everything else in the brain should be unaffected and remain as
correct-or incorrect-as ever.


Extract 1

'Consider the study of flashbulb memories, extremely vivid,
detailed recollections.

Shortly after the September 11 attacks, a team of psychologists
led by William Hirst and Elizabeth Phelps surveyed several
hundred subjects about their memories of that awful day.

The scientists then repeated the surveys, tracking how the
stories steadily decayed. At one year out, 37 percent of the
details had changed.

By 2004 that number was approaching 50 percent. Some changes
were innocuous-the stories got tighter and the narratives more
coherent-but other adjustments involved a wholesale retrofit.

Some people even altered where they were when the towers fell.
Over and over, the act of repeating the narrative seemed to
corrupt its content. The scientists aren't sure about this
mechanism, and they have yet to analyze the data from the entire
10-year survey.

But Phelps expects it to reveal that many details will be make-
believe.

"What's most troubling, of course, is that these people have no
idea their memories have changed this much," she says. "The
strength of the emotion makes them convinced it's all true, even
when it's clearly not."

Extract 2

The problem with eliminating pain, of course, is that pain is
often educational. We learn from our regrets and mistakes;
wisdom is not free.

If our past becomes a playlist-a collection of tracks we can
edit with ease-then how will we resist the temptation to erase
the unpleasant ones?

Even more troubling, it's easy to imagine a world where people
don't get to decide the fate of their own memories. "My worst
nightmare is that some evil dictator gets a hold of this,"

Sacktor says. "There are all sorts of dystopian things one could
do with these drugs." While tyrants have often rewritten history
books, modern science might one day allow them to rewrite us,
wiping away genocides and atrocities with a cocktail of pills.'

Full article at this link:

http://www.wired.com/magazine/2012/02/ff_forgettingpill/all/


Dave Haith




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