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A society without memory

A society without memory
April 30, 2011, 11:14:34 AM
Interpol and Deutsche Bank,
FBI and Scotland yard,
CIA and KGB,
Control the data: memory.
 - Kraftwerk, "Computer World," 1986

We live through memory. We memorize our world, and act on those memories.

But researchers reckon they have found a way to erase painful memories and post-traumatic stress.

They discovered a link between a protein called PKM and recollections of disturbing incidents.

By targeting the specific brain circuit which holds the tormenting memory they believe they could weaken it or wipe it out.

The incredible study paves the way for treatment for war veterans and victims of horrific attacks. It may also help drug addicts and people with long-term memory disorders such as Alzheimer’s.


Modern society works on this principle, which is that by changing our memories, we change our expectations and thus what behaviors we think are OK:

A new book, which analyzes a billion web searches from around the world, highlights the way in which the Internet apparently revolutionized sexual desires, making tastes once regarded as deviant more widespread.


"The research, as far as I can tell, is pretty damn sound," said Dr. Stephen Snyder, a sex therapist in private practice in Manhattan for over 20 years. "They worked very hard to acquire a large data set, and they found some very, very interesting stuff."

"Web porn has changed everything," said the book's co-author Gaddam.


As we then edit our memories, we can edit forward and change society to be more convenient:

Colorado moved a step closer to repealing the unenforced crime of adultery Friday with a Senate vote, after arguments that the crime is outdated and never enforced.

Colorado is one of a handful of states that still have adultery crimes on the books, and there has been little debate about tossing the prohibition.

"These are very antiquated notions, and in my mind they're actually unconstitutional," said the bill's sponsor, Democratic Sen. Pat Steadman, who doubted that a crime that hinges on a person's marital status and wouldn't be illegal for unmarried people could withstand a legal challenge.


The result is an invisible form of control that, without touching us at all, changes everything.