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"Science fiction represents the modern heresy and the cutting edge of speculative imagination as it grapples with Mysterious Time---linear or non-linear time."
- Frank Herbert

Brain Erasure  
  Deleting selected knowledge from the brain using electrical impulses.  

How would you respond to this advertisement?

Do you want to know more?
Do you yearn to learn? But are you repelled by the dreary months and years of study?
Electro-Education is the answer! Study, classrooms, are now obsolete!

Or, perhaps this:

WHY GO TO COLLEGE FOR KNOWLEDGE?
Would You Drive A Horse and Buggy to Work? GET SMART THE MODERN WAY!

And what if you have already loaded your brain up to its maximum capacity? You might want to erase some of that material.

"... The scanner can erase this new-found knowledge from the brain, by using a neutralizing electronic impulse. Then the student can learn entirely new subjects."
Technovelgy from The Knowledge Machine, by Edmond Hamilton.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1948
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Compare to erased memories from Philip K. Dick's 1966 story We Can Remember It For You Wholesale.

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'On went the electric-yacht faster and still faster.'

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'...the huge vessel had spun, with a sickening lurch, through a complete half-circle, the instant the power was reversed.'

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'...he realized that it was not quite a clear lens. Speckles of colored brightness swirled and gathered in it.'

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'...a universal cryptogram yet it is one which can be interpreted by any intelligent creature on any planet in the Solar System!'

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