A California Reader Reports On A New Anti-Racism Pill
March 13, 2012, 12:15 AM
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From: Mark Mallarde [Email Him] 

The answer to all of VDARE.com’s problems might be found in  a simple, pink pill.

According to a study published in the journal Psychopharmacology, doctors at Oxford have found that an existing drug—Propranolol—neutralizes those demons that occupy the inner folds of a racist's brain known as "racial bias."[ [Blood pressure drug 'reduces in-built racism', By Stephen Adams, Daily Telegraph, March  7,  2012]]Apparently, Propranolol—a heart disease drug also used for anxiety—"considerably reduces" an individual's "subconscious racial bias."  The study used a test called the "Implicit Attitude Test" to gauge racial bias, and its authors of the study suggest that "automatic, non-conscious-fear responses"—which Propranolol reduces—trigger racial bias.

Co-author Prof. Julian Savulescu, [Email him] for one, is dubious:

Such research raises the tantalizing 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.

[Does Propranolol Reduce Racism? Probably Yes, Subconsciously, Medical News Today, March 12  2012]

Brain modulation therapy does sound most tantalizing.  We need brain modulation now more than ever with our increasing level of diversity.  Hopefully, some day soon President Obama will make Propranolol treatment mandatory for all those individuals suspected of racial bias.[Anti-racism pill on the way? , By Kerry Picket, March  9,  2012]

Look out VDARE.com contributors!

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