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Old 05-18-2016, 09:05 AM
MacLir MacLir is offline
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Originally Posted by Mangetout View Post
I believe there have been some rather striking results from experiments attempting to measure what a subject is actively thinking about - even to the point of being able to reconstruct a vague, blobby computer-generated image of a scene the subject is thinking about 'in their mind's eye' as it were.

But that's nowhere near the same as being able to download stored memories that aren't consciously being recalled.
Spider Robinson wrote a book based on this idea, and the "My life flashed before my eyes" meme.

Distant future descendants had perfected this technology, and time travel, and were trying to save/recover their ancestors. When it appeared you were about to die, the system scanned you into memory. if you survived, your memories of the process were the "white light" and "life recap" of the near-death experience.