Sunday, January 29, 2006

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

I keep rereading this article and asking myself if I would take one. Would you?

3 Comments:

Blogger Jo said...

No, I wouldn't

I've always believed that what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. There might be some good things erased with the bad and I wouldn't want to lose them.

8:45 PM  
Blogger goldennib said...

I vote for a no on this too.

I see a drug like this de-humanizing and de-sensitizing people to the point where people will commit more atrocities than they already do because they won't have the balancing effect of a conscience.

"Propranolol couldn't be given to soldiers in battle because it would curb survival instincts." This is the line that bothers me most. If giving this drug to someone before a tramatic event so affects the mind that you lose your survival instincts, the potential for mis-use is too great.

Life sucks, life is hard and more so for some than for others. But drugs are given too easily to people, especially in this country, relieving people of the need to work through their problems. I haven't seen people happier when they don't work at it.

I understand in severe cases an intervention to break a cycle is useful and drugs can serve this purpose. I believe that they are not used in this way in most cases though.

If our society broke down and drugs were not available, 80% of our country would curl up and die because they couldn't function on a day to day basis without their meds.

I'm sorry. I have very difinitive opinions on this. It all reminds me of doctors giving Valium to unhappy housewives in the Sixties, instead of telling them to get out and do something useful with their lives.

4:41 AM  
Blogger Perdita said...

Mothers little helper
A pill for all seasons
Oh, yeah and here is one more.

They can't even get their story straight.
I mean if it was just to make it decay to blunt "restorage"
Sure dull the vividness a bit. Turn down the really loud music. but then they go on to say...
"When you activate a memory in the presence of a drug that prevents the restorage of the memory, the next day the memory is not as accessible."
Okay so it dosen't dull it it removes it. Well now that's wrong. You DO need those bad memories. That's how "Hot Stove" becomes a concept in us when we are young. I bet a hot stove is DAMN traumatic to a 2 year old. So it makes sense that it would "curb survival instincts" after all no consequences = any action.
But ah, no I guess I was wrong because then they go on to say..."The important thing to know about this drug is it doesn't put a hole in their memory. It doesn't create amnesia."

The only thing I know for sure at this point is that they shouldn't have taken the drug halfway through writing this article.

2:48 PM  

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