Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Weight of Memories, by Cixin Liu cover image
(Present-day SF) A woman communicates with her unborn baby, which has all of her memories as a result of an experiment. (2,865 words)

Rating: 2, Not Recommended

"The Weight of Memories," by (translated by Ken Liu and edited by Liz Gorinsky), was published on  by .

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

Pro: It's an interesting idea to imagine children born with all of their parents' memories and knowledge. In this case, the baby remembers better than the mother. Unfortunately, our ability to remember the good and forget the bad is all that makes life worth living, so the fetus prefers not to live at all.

Con: We've known for a long time that human beings actually use 100% of their brains, but apparently the old 10% myth is still alive and well in China.

One doesn't expect to hear a real scientist say something like "I don’t think it’s something that science can find."

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