Spotless Mind is Boring

Eternal Sunshine of Spotless Mind is a science fiction movie. But in my view, it is less a discussion about the relationship between human and technology than a thought experiment asking “what if” questions. What if you can erase your memory, would you do it? What memory would you like to erase? Will you repeat the erased memory? If you know you will repeat it, would you erase it anyway?… All those questions boil down to the basic assumptions about memory, mind, and free will. In this essay, I’ll examine the following two questions—what assumptions about memory are made in this film? What questions does the film raise?[……]