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The Ethics of Erasing Memories ‘Eternal Sunshine’ Style


Feb 16, 2012 - 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Columbia University, Schermerhorn Hall, Room 963

What power does a memory have? If you could chemically alter them, would you? Should you? These are the questions posed by biochemists today and addressed by Dr. S. Matthew Liao in his lecture. Combining scientific experiments with philosophical modes of thought, Dr. Liao discussed not just the physical possibility of memory alteration but the ethics behind adding and erasing memories and who would get to decide what was erased or added were it possible.


Matthew Liao, Ph.D., Center for Bioethics, New York University