‘Open to Debate’: Should We Erase Bad Memories? (live taping)


DOORS OPEN AT 6PM. In the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Kate Winslet’s character erases painful memories of her ex-boyfriend. Could this be possible in real life? Neurotechnology, like decoded neurofeedback, offers ways to modify or erase unpleasant memories. Advocates believe it could improve mental well-being and heal emotional trauma. Forgotten memories could lead to a happier life. However, opponents raise ethical and biological concerns, as it interferes with natural processes and could compromise our sense of self. Bad memories shape leaders, inspire artists, and motivate underdogs; tampering with them may undermine authenticity and hinder social change, they argue.

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