How ethically sound is the "Spotless mind"?

87345479_75c78ff6e4_o.jpgSEED flagged this one: Researchers appear to have developed a drug that might erase bad memories. But how ethical is it?

...British experts warned the drug raises some difficult questions.

Professor John Harris, an expert in biological ethics at the University of Manchester, said: 'It is obviously up to the individual whether or not she wishes to risk the possible effects, including psychological discontinuity, of erasing unpleasant memories.'

An interesting complexity is the possibility that victims, say of violence, might wish to erase the painful memory and with it their ability to give evidence against assailants.

'Similarly criminals and witnesses to crime may, under the guise of erasing a painful memory, render themselves unable to give evidence.'

The Daily Mail (UK) article references the movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, in which Cate Winslet and Jim Carrey erase the memories of a relationship gone bad.


Wikipedia: memories