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Can A Heart Disease Pill Cure Racism?!

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Maybe, but we seriously doubt racists want to be "cured."

Researchers performed a study to see how the beta-blocker, Propranolol, affects the brain.

In the study, the normally heart diseased prescribed drug was given to half the subjects while a placebo was given to the other half as a control.

The results found that the Propranolol users were less prejudiced than the placebo group. But, this was only found in a third of the entire study, none in the placebo group, and it affected only implicit racial bias versus explicit bias.

In laymen's terms: They were less racist subconsciously but the drug had no effect on their outward prejudice.

The scientists willing admit that their study could raise a few skeptical eyebrows. While racisim is primarily based on fear and Propranolol affects that area of the brain, they did admit the lowered heart rate of the subjects could also play a part as well.

Co-author Professor Julian Savulescu shoots down any possible speculation of a "cure:"

Such research raises the tantalising possibility that our unconscious racial attitudes could be modulated using drugs, a possibility that requires careful ethical analysis.

Biological research aiming to make people morally better has a dark history. And propranolol is not a pill to cure racism. But given that many people are already using drugs like propranolol which have 'moral' side effects, we at least need to better understand what these effects are.

At least this study can be called a moral victory!

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9 comments to “Can A Heart Disease Pill Cure Racism?!”

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    Another "prescribed" mind altering drug that would be legal. God damn. Do you people not get the government is freely letting us all be drugged via "legal prescription" drugs? I'll smoke my weed, thank you very much.

  4. 4

    I take this for migraines… I've never been racist, so I can't say whether it works for that, but it doesn't do much for my damn head!

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    What a wonderful world it would be if that pill did work. JMO!

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    I see trees of green, red roses too
    I see them bloom, for me and you
    And I think to myself
    What a wonderful world

    I see skies of blue, and clouds of white
    The bright blessed day, dark sacred night
    And I think to myself
    What a wonderful world

    The colors of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky
    Are also on the faces, of people going by
    I see friends shaking hands, sayin', "How do you do?"
    They're really sayin', "I love you"

    I hear babies cryin', I watch them grow
    They'll learn much more, than I'll ever know
    And I think to myself
    What a wonderful world

    Yes, I think to myself
    What a wonderful world
    Oh yeah

  7. 7

    Gee, perhaps we're not that far off from a pill that cures homosexuality too then.

  8. 8

    Send them off to Eric Holder right away

  9. 9

    Sorry, you can't fix THAT kind of "stupid."