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Saturday, October 20, 2007

An interesting essay

The Ethics of Erasing a Bad Memory

and I'm not sure how I feel about the ethics of the situation. Were the needs of the patient better served by pushing a medication to erase the last few horrible moments as a faulty intercom spewed out certain death? If she knew what they had done, would she have been upset? Would she feel violated in some way?

Like I said, I'm not sure how I feel about this one. It's one reason I'm not an ethicist (that and I have too much fuzzy thinking). But I think I'd rather just hear and take in the news, no matter how shocking or brutal, and go from there, rather than someone mucking with my brain chemistry to ease the horror.

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