The Orwellian Pill
I saw a news story today that gave me chills. Scientists are doing research to see if Propranolol is an effective treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. This sounds great until you look at the deeper ethical issues. Who will be put in charge of deciding what is a traumatic event? Will we have "brain police" deciding who can be given Propranolol for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder? In his satirical novel, 1984, George Orwell depicts a futuristic totalitarian state in which the government uses mind control to subjugate its citizens. The whole idea of erasing someone’s memory with a pill is a bit too Orwellian for me. Decide for yourself after reading this ABC news story.