Blow Your Mind: The Science of Brain Wiping


Wash it all away. (Eva Mueller/Workbook Stock/Getty)

Recreational drug use is bad and we here at Stuff to Blow Your Mind advice you give a firm "no" the next time someone offers to inject something called "ZIP" into your brain's hippocampus. That's because this amazing drug actually wipes the memory clean. It doesn't damage the brain. It just scrubs out everything you ever knew.

Think "The Bourne Identity," only you wouldn't be able to do karate or... much of anything. This is not future tech we're talking about. It exists right now.

In this episode, Julie and I look at this and other current and emerging brain wiping techniques, how memory works and what the future may hold for the eternal sunshine of our spotless minds.

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About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.