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  1. mindwipe(Noun)

    The act of mindwiping.

  2. mindwipe(Verb)

    To erase the memories and personality, while still leaving an intact, living brain and body. This is frequently portrayed as a form of capital punishment, which leaves an viable body into which a different personality or mind can be uploaded.

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  1. Mindwipe

    Mindwipe is a technique used in some science fiction scenarios, where the subject's memories and personality are erased and replaced by new memories and personality more useful to those who are carrying out the mindwiping, or to their area's authorities. It is a more thorough form of real-world brainwashing. It is sometimes used as an alternative to capital punishment, or to make the subject more useful to the system. The mind-wiping can be performed by a hypnotic or magical ability, or by an electronic device. One well-known example is Borg assimilation in Star Trek. Mind-wiping is mentioned in: ⁕Identity Crisis. ⁕Blake's 7: Blake had been mind-wiped before the story starts, but his memory returned on seeing events at the start of the story. ⁕The TV series Dollhouse. ⁕The 2003 film Paycheck and the short story for its basis. ⁕Tolkien's fiction, with his character Niënor Níniel, when she met Glaurung. ⁕Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl series. ⁕Is used by Psi-Corps in Babylon 5 against criminals and also to create sleeper agents. ⁕Selective induction of amnesia is common in the Gerry Anderson UFO TV series. ⁕The Doctor Who story Dalek, when the technique is used on those who oppose Henry Van Statten, and finally on Van Statten himself.

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