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message 1: by Aynge (new)

Aynge (ayngemac) | 1202 comments I was watching Nova the other night and there was a scientist who succeeded in erasing the memories of lab rats by injected them with a particular chemical. He strongly advises against doing it to humans, even though he's gotten thousands of emails from people begging him to participate in his trials. These people are tormented by things that happened in their pasts and can't get away from them.

Would you erase any of your memories if you could? Would it matter if doing so changed you in a significant, unforseeable way?

message 2: by [deleted user] (new)

Eh, i'd probably erase the memories of my biological family. not much else.

message 3: by Suefly (new)

Suefly | 620 comments I would. There is one childhood event I'd like to get past, and a high school boyfriend. Ugh. Still, I'd rather erase the feelings then the actual events. The bf wasn't all bad and well, the childhood thing ( I was exposed to) could have ended far differently.

message 4: by ms.petra (new)

ms.petra (mspetra) probably not, even though some are not very pleasant. I say that because I believe I have learned some invaluable lessons from those bad experiences and those have made me a better person.

message 5: by Rachel (new)

Rachel | 1107 comments I do that regularly. It's my coping mechanism for dealing with embarrassing situations.

message 6: by janine (new)

janine | 7715 comments no, there's nothing i'd like erased.

message 7: by byhera (new)

byhera (ordinary) | 50 comments i would like to..
some memories disturbing me so bad!

message 8: by Sandy (new)

Sandy (sandylivvy4) no as the erasing the bad would impact on the good memories as they co-inside happily together

message 9: by byhera (new)

byhera (ordinary) | 50 comments like a very happy memories with someone who just separated with you?

message 10: by Sandy (new)

Sandy (sandylivvy4) Cj_ wrote: "like a very happy memories with someone who just separated with you?"

exactly ... all kinds of memories shape you to be the person you are today x

message 11: by byhera (new)

byhera (ordinary) | 50 comments yeah i know that rite..
now i really want to errase every gooood memories to leave someone.
and i bet it is moooore difficult than i have to errase any memories in past

message 12: by Joe (new)

Joe (attometer) If we can erase memories are we the same person afterward?

message 13: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Who's the eraser and who's the erasee?

message 14: by Stacia (the 2010 club) (last edited Feb 19, 2011 03:44PM) (new)

Stacia (the 2010 club) (stacia_r)

message 15: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven)

message 16: by Lobstergirl, el principe (new)

Lobstergirl | 24265 comments Mod
Stacia ~ ran out of lette... wrote: "Is my pic showing a little red X?

It's supposed to be Arnold as the Eraser."

It's not showing.

message 17: by Lobstergirl, el principe (new)

Lobstergirl | 24265 comments Mod
I wouldn't erase a lot. Maybe in the range of 3-5 memories.

I can see how it would be useful for people who have suffered terrible traumas, like childhood sex abuse, or torture, or terrible humiliations.

message 18: by Jammies (new)

Jammies I wouldn't erase memories of experiences, but there are certain things I've seen on the internet I'd like to erase from my brain.

message 19: by Malcolm (new)

Malcolm Esquire (MalcolmEsq) I'd like to say yes but I think no. Bad as they may be we learn from them. If erased, how would we know not to repeat the experience if it had been in our power not to suffer the bad experience in the first place?

message 20: by Michael (new)

Michael I would erase one memory.

message 21: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) I was trying to think of something I would erase ... but I couldn't remember any.

Stacia (the 2010 club) (stacia_r) Michael wrote: "I would erase one memory."

Same. Prefer not to mention what it is though.

message 23: by Carol (new)

Carol | 1679 comments I think a lot of them are leaving me anyway, so I probably shouldn't speed up the process.

message 24: by Janice (new)

Janice (jamasc) My brain does a good job of erasing the things I want to remember. Now if only I could get it to erase the things I'd like to forget instead, like....

message 25: by [deleted user] (new)

Ha I think my brain has reached total capacity. If I shove something in, something else has to fall out. If only I could choose the bits that fell out.

message 26: by Janice (new)

Janice (jamasc) That's called selective memory Gail. :)

message 27: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) What is?

message 28: by Janice (new)

Janice (jamasc) Choosing the bits that fall out.

message 29: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) I forgot.

message 30: by Janice (new)

Janice (jamasc) If all bits fall out, one could say you have a memory like a sieve.

My memory problems tend to be a result of 'mental-pausing'.

message 31: by Mary (new)

Mary (madamefifi) At first I thought "Yes!" in response to the original question, but on reflection, I think not. I have some regrets and would certainly love a couple of total do-overs but I can't honestly say that I have any memories that are so damaging that I'd like them to be erased. I'm pretty happy with my life and who I am these days and I don't think I'd be where I am now if I hadn't had, and learned from, certain experiences.

message 32: by Malcolm (new)

Malcolm Esquire (MalcolmEsq) In Britain recently there was a programme about memory/memory loss and told of a famous case in America circa1920s/30s.

Some chap when a kid about 10 or so had a bike accident in which his head was injured.

On his 18th birthday he was driving over a bridge into town. Unexpectedly he had a fit (his first ever I think) and crashed the car. He survived. His fits persisted. He sought all help he could to cure them.

One doctor a brain specialist of the day said he could help him. He was sure that the hippocampus was the seat of the fits. So on this young chap he decided to try out a new procedure based on his theories and assumption the the hippocampus was the root of the problem.

So, drilling a hole in the centre of the patient's skull while the patient was still conscious he put a small surgical tube to his lips and sucked out the patient's hippocampus. It didn't cure the fits but it did stop the patient from forming any new memories.

He's now dead having lived until his 80s. After Einstein, his brain (which was removed) is the most famous in medical history.

message 33: by Rachel (new)

Rachel | 1107 comments Larry wrote: "I was trying to think of something I would erase ... but I couldn't remember any."


message 34: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments God knows I've tried, but no.

message 35: by Malcolm (new)

Malcolm Esquire (MalcolmEsq) With my previous example and this below, this is why I'd rather not let a Dr Frankenstein near my memories/brain if I could avoid it.

vs .

even the best of people ; to
people who don’ t deserve it .
Take for example brain
damage. No one wants to
hear the news that may have
some form of brain damage .

Indeed, any form of brain
damage is no small matter .
The brain is the most
important organ in the
human body and
anatomically, it plays the very
crucial role in ensuring that
the body works. It is the
“ supervisor” that commands
every other organ to function
correctly, even when you
sleep. But with damage to
certain parts of your brain ,
your overall body function is
in jeopardy.

Take for example cerebrum
damage. The cerebrum
occupies 85% of the brain
making it its biggest part.
Because of its heavy weight ,
it carries out most of the
brain’ s duties ; i .e . thinking. It
is the main control centre,
the office where voluntary
muscles are given permission
or signals to move. Your
physical activities , such as
dancing, running, lifting the
spoon and fork and opening
your mouth to receive food
or make a sound are
controlled by none other
than the cerebrum .

There are a lot of factors
that inhibit the cerebrum and
other parts of the brain from
functioning well . These
factors include brain tumor ,
stroke , or brain injury.
Damage to the cerebrum
could result in what experts
call language disorder and
disorder of motor planning .
Language disorder is known
as aphasia , while the
disorder in motor planning is
termed apraxia . But don ’ t
get confused. Aphasia and
apraxia are two different
medical terms but stem from
the same cause : brain
damage. Perhaps the reason
why the two are often
confused with each other is
because they involves a
person’ s language
production and
comprehension. To help you
better distinguish between
the two, here are some more

Aphasia, comes from the
Greek word “ aphatos ” , which
means “ speechless .” It is
what the experts identify as
a language disorder caused
by lesions on the left
hemisphere of the brain : the
Wernicke’ s area , the Broca ’ s
area , and the neural paths
that come between these
areas. The Left hemisphere is
where most people ’ s ability
to comprehend language and
produce them is found.
Although other people have
their language production
and comprehension on the
right hemisphere, which
means the language disorder
is and can be caused by
factors such as brain injury ,
brain tumor , Alzheimer ’ s and
Parkinson ’ s disease ,
hemorrhaging, migraine, and
epilepsy .

Aphasia is further broken
down into four major types .
The first of these is
expressive aphasia where
you know what you want to
say but there is a difficulty
speaking or writing what you
are thinking . The second type
of Aphasia is receptive
aphasia where you can hear
what is being said and you
can see them through your
eyes but you have difficulty
understanding what it is . The
third category is anomic
aphasia where you have
difficulty naming objects or
using the correct terms for
everything . Finally there is
global aphasia where you
have no comprehension at all
and you can ’ t channel what
you want to say either
through writing or speaking.

Apraxia comes from a
combination of the Greek
words “ praxia ” meaning act ,
deed or work , and the
privative a meaning without .
Apraxia is generally a
disorder of motor planning
which is caused by damage in
the cerebrum . It is
characterized by the loss of
your ability to perform and
execute movements . There
are different types of apraxia
but the most common is the
buccofacial apraxia. This
results in the inability to
perform facial movements
such as coughing, winking ,
licking your lips or even
whistling. Other types of
apraxia related to language
production and
comprehensions are:
ideomotor apraxia where the
sufferer has a hard time
executing movements in
response to verbal
commands and verbal
apraxia where the sufferer
has a hard time co-
ordinating his mouth in order
to speak.

Aphasia and Apraxia are two
different medical conditions
that stem from damage to
certain parts of the brain .
Aphasia is a language
disorder while Apraxia is a
disorder of motor planning .
Aphasia is difficulty in
comprehending and
producing languages, while
Apraxia is difficulty in
responding to certain


message 36: by janine (new)

janine | 7715 comments malcom, the format of that post makes it almost impossible to read. well, maybe not impossible, but it's not pleasant.

message 37: by Malcolm (last edited Feb 21, 2011 06:08AM) (new)

Malcolm Esquire (MalcolmEsq) janine wrote: "malcom, the format of that post makes it almost impossible to read. well, maybe not impossible, but it's not pleasant."

Then click on the link provided if you're interested. However, it looks fine on my device.

message 38: by Jim (new)

Jim | 6485 comments Nothing that I would erase.

message 39: by Jammies (new)

Jammies I would erase the little part of my brain which knows about The Human Centipede and other, similarly awful things.

message 40: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) The what?

message 41: by Jammies (new)

Jammies Larry, don't ask and don't Google. I want your little monkey brain protected.

message 42: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Thank you.

message 43: by Michael (new)

Michael Jammies wrote: "The Human Centipede"

Wow. Is this worth watching?

message 44: by Jammies (new)

Jammies I haven't seen it either, Misha, I'd just rather not know it exists, kind of like pictures of Ron Jeremy and the "music" of Miley Cyrus.

message 45: by Aynge (new)

Aynge (ayngemac) | 1202 comments The worst day of my life was when I had a kidney stone. I thought I was dying. I had no idea what was wrong. It happened at work. Eventually I made it to an emergency room, and by then I was begging for death. That was the day I was introduced to Demerol. Thank God for drug companies.

Anyway, as horrible as that day was, I wouldn't erase it, because now I don't complain. It's given me a keen sense of perspective on life. If I'm having a bad day, I ask myself, "Is this as bad as a kidney stone?" The answer is invariably "nowhere in the ballpark." I'm tougher than I think I am, and things can usually be a lot worse.

message 46: by Jim (new)

Jim | 6485 comments Kidney stones suck!

message 47: by Aynge (new)

Aynge (ayngemac) | 1202 comments I would have killed myself if I had to live with kidney stones. Without drugs anyway.

message 48: by Michael (new)

Michael Aynge wrote: "The worst day of my life was when I had a kidney stone. I thought I was dying. I had no idea what was wrong. It happened at work. Eventually I made it to an emergency room, and by then I was begging for death. That was the day I was introduced to Demerol. Thank God for drug companies.

My first kidney stone I was in the hospital and they were giving me Demerol and I made the mistake of telling them that it seemed to make my lips itch. Apparently that was some type of allegry and I never got it again and nothing since has ever been effective for kidney stone pain.

message 49: by Aynge (new)

Aynge (ayngemac) | 1202 comments I'm allergic to NSAIDs, but thank God I'm not allergic to Demerol. I can still remember feeling it seeping through my veins... it was like warm miraculous honey. I didn't want to leave the hospital after that.

message 50: by byhera (new)

byhera (ordinary) | 50 comments i'll be the most perfect person in the world.
can i? :)

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