Is science’s understanding of how memory works quite as cut and dried as once thought?
In recent years several heart transplant recipients have reported unexpected side effects including experiencing memories, habits and desires they never had before. With studies showing that these are not isolated cases, we meet patients searching to understand what has happened to them.
The film follows organ recipients as they make contact with their donor families in an effort to understand their new-found lease of life, and features scientists who are pioneering research into the intelligence of the heart and the biochemical basis for memory in our cells. (Channel4.com)
Good for a game of ‘fallacy bingo’, but also interesting for anyone doing a TOK presentation on a number of aspects of Philosophy of Science. Most importantly, however, is probably the ‘what if?’ question. Clearly this is an largely unevidenced and widely unaccepted position, BUT it will be a good test of your thinking skills to reflect on 1) what implicit notion of personal identity these people are operating with? and 2) how this hypothesis (if accepted) would effect the various positions Descartes, Locke, Hume et al. take on personal identity.
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