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"...science fiction is sort of like a sociological genome. It's a huge range of possible futures, most of them useless; some vital. You never really know in advance."
- Peter Watts

Personality Death  
  Punishment leaves the body intact.  

What can be done if an individual who lives in a society as tightly controlled as a prison can no longer be deterred by the threat of additional restrictions?

A sudden humming came from the robot judge as he stirred to life. "Order in the court," he said...

"...Carl Tritt, you are guilty of crimes too numerous to be expiated by sentencing. Therefore, you are condemned to Personality Death. Psycho-surgery shall remove all traces of this personality from your body, until this personality is dead, dead, dead."

From Robot Justice, by Harry Harrison.
Published by Fantastic Universe in 1959
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This is a very early mention of this idea. Robert Heinlein touches on this idea in his discussion of the idea of a group ego in his 1941 novel Methuselah's Children.

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