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Scientific American Mind focuses on stories about thought, ideas, and brain science. The cover story of the December 2005 edition is "Erasing Memories" by R. Douglas Fields. It posits the idea that painfully memories may be erased through the carefully timed administration of certain drugs. The six other articles in this audio edition include notions on curing fear; examinations of anger; the brain's biological need for mythology; a debunking of the value of inflating peoples self-esteem; a look at possible explanations for why one 10th of the population is left-handed; and a profile of Brian Wilson, focusing on his mental health problems. Narrated with an even cadence that engages and makes for an enjoyable listen without detracting from its heady subject matter.

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The cover story reveals how painful, long-term memories might actually be erased with the use of drugs at just the right moment. Then, an article that asks a provocative question - can we cure fear? Following that, it's an examination of anger -- should you control your emotions or let them rip? Next, it's a look at the persistence of myths -- and their connection to the brain's biological needs. Our fifth article seeks to explode one myth -- about the value of self-esteem. Following that, it's an investigation into why anyone is left-handed. And our final article profiles Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, and his long battle with mental illness.
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