The Octogenarians

Shortly before experiencing an example of modern medical knowledge(same day surgery),I read an article introducing deep brain stimulation(MRI) as a method of reducing if not eliminating perseverative thinking about religious issues.Eliminating religious delusions as it were. It appears that the same procedure sharply reduces paranoid projections about “the other”.
If someone selects this course because of internal distress this (still experimental procedure)falls into the realm of medical permissibility.But what if this becomes not a matter of choice but a matter of state selection similar to early efforts at eugenics.Selection on the basis of what’s best for the future will not work and should make us grateful for some of our constitutional “rights”.The parallelism to other socio-psychiatric issues is hard to miss.

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