A drug which appears to erase painful memories has been developed by scientists.
But British experts said the breakthrough raises disturbing ethical questions about what makes us human.
They also warned it could have damaging psychological consequences, preventing those who take it from learning from their mistakes.
Dr Daniel Sokol, a lecturer in medical ethics at St George’s, University of London, said: ‘Removing bad memories…will change our personal identity since who we are is linked to our memories.’
We are not our bodies.
We are our experiences and our choices, as we grow from being isolated in our minds to adapting to our world to bettering our world.
We are our memories. They are both experience and choice, bound with the realization of how well-adapted that choice was.
This lets us learn from our mistakes.
Without our mistakes, we are in stasis, in a permanent present tense, never exerting Will.