I have been intrigued by this subject in the past and have intended to pursue analysis of Neurosurgeon Wilder Penfield's experiences with conscious subjects undergoing brain surgery...apparrently, while such individuals were undergoing surgery they experienced TOTAL recall of rather unremarkable events in their lives...such as "being in the kitchen washing the dishes while my husband is on the phone...he is saying "" (what follows is a verbatim repeat of the conversation about unimportant matters).
Penfield was so shocked by this occurrence that he made it a subject of considerable investigation during his career. I think we might be getting close to a time when our brain scanning technology could take a renewed look at this phenomenon.
Further investigation for extropian readers is the book "of two minds" by
Dr. Fredric Schiffer.
who makes a convincing argument for each person having at least two
"personnas" living one each in each cortical hemisphere...(I've always felt
this way, but have been of two minds on the subject :-)
Finally, for the really adventurous...look into a book which takes a forensic approach to hypnotism, prior life experiences, and multiple personality disorder...very provacative, and extremely well researched...makes the point that it appears that the human mind synthesizes complete memories and personalities out of the rich fabric of 100% completely stored memories not consciously recalled or available. And here's the REALLY interesting thing...I can't remember either the title or the Author's full name...first name I think was IAN.
Thesis: The stuff is in there...opportunity...technology which gives/restores conscious access to everything ever experienced/learned in an on demand non-destructive/intrusive fashion.
what would you pay for a pill to give you this?
I would pay $50,000 today
p.s. If I do "remember" the author's name, I'll pass it along