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Researchers Claim New Pill Can Reduce Racism

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Researchers in England are claiming that they have a heart disease pill that can also reduce racism.  Oxford University researchers say that small doses of the beta blocker propranolol can lead the patient to score lower on tests designed to measure subconscious racism.   The pill is primarily used to lower blood pressure and manage panic and anxiety problems.

During the study, 18 students were given 20 mg of the pill and then given tests of racial attitudes, including pictures of black and white faces, along with being asked questions about Muslims.   Those who took the drug are said to have lower “implicit” racist feelings and were quicker to associate the black faces with positive words.   The scientists argue that the results are due to the fact that much racial bias is connected to fear and emotion.

“Such research raises the tantalizing possibility that our unconscious racial attitudes could be modulated using drugs, a possibility that requires careful ethical analysis,” the study’s co-author Professor Julian Savulescu said.

Dr. Chris Chambers of the  University of Cardiff’s School of Psychology says that results should be viewed cautiously.

“We don’t know whether the drug influenced racial attitudes only or whether it altered implicit brain systems more generally,” he said.

“So although interesting, in my view these preliminary results are a long way from suggesting that propranolol specifically influences racial attitudes.”

 

James

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  1. The pill and Romney not elected. I am asking White women, Black women, women of other races, please don’t vote for Romney. Your freedoms will be gone. Please don’t make 2010 mistake voting republican again­. You have cried enough. As Mormon, Romney believes women belong to the kitchen as baby-facto­ries – no make-up, no caffeinate­d soda, no dancing, and no pants – only long skirts. Note what his family wears at rallies-al­l in uniforms. The whole family is radicalize­d to treat women and Blacks inferior. As Mormon, Romney treats Blacks and racial minorities as cursed humans from Cain (Adam and Eve son). Did you hear what he said lately – the very poor is their problem. I was neighbor with a Mormon, an English professor. This guy didn’t want his children talk to me because I was black. They told me he would kill them if he saw them talking to me. America, as whole, don’t trust Romney. Romney is one of CEOs who shipped their money to Swiss business people to hire Swiss people. That left Americans here jobless. Now he is saying he wants to create jobs. Liar. If you’re senior – you will lose Medicare. Romney endorsed Ryan-Care that puts cap for $5,000 on seniors – thus allows doctors let seniors die. Romney wants corporatio­ns be unelected government­s. “Corporati­ons are people, my friend.” Mitt said. That’s why we have OWS and other Occupiers picketing against Romney. America – watch out this Mormon. Your freedoms will be gone. Let’s vote for President Obama in November.

  2. The sad part is: Most racists don’t want to be cured.

  3. the only way to cure or racism is to design a pill that will annihilate the white race. The most vile and evil race of people on earth. they have committed atrocities all over the world. wherever they are there could never be peace. Git rid of this raw meat eating, tree and mountain climbing, big eared beast and you are on the way to eliminating racism

  4. I don’t think killing others, including Whites, is good advice. Blacks, Whites and other racial minorities should enjoy living as neighbors. Advocating killing Whites is just defeating Dr. King dreams. Don’t forget some Blacks are also racists. Remember what Herman Cain, Allen West and others have been talking about Blacks. They hate Blacks. West even wanted our President to get “the Hell out US”. Is that how Blacks should treat one another? Watch out different religious teachings. They also instigate racism. The Mormon cult teaches Blacks are cursed because they are remnants of Cain (Adam and Eve son). Romney is Mormon. Remember not all Whites are racists. Not all Blacks are racists. It is the small number what makes our lives miserable. Please don’t inject violence in solving racism. After all it does not pay to be violent. Let’s use the present mechanisms: laws, legislations, courts, newspapers, internet sites, demonstrations and others to communicate to racists. Once they are hurt financially, that is the time they come to terms that racism does not pay. No violence against anybody, please. Let’s live together as a Nation indivisible. That’s why I am asking people of all races to vote for President Obama in November. He is a unifier of people of all races, creed and background.

  5. …, um and Pastori, exactly what planet do you hail from????

  6. Wow, this pill would be perfect for Rush Limbaugh given his fondness of dropping those uppers and downers into his fat mouth.

  7. rush and his ilk will avoid that pill like the plague. they might even have it outlawed.

  8. Ha ha ha ha YOU CAN NOT BE SERIOUS!! This pill sounds just a foolish as RACISM!! How can you not like somebody simply because of the color of their skin!! That has got to be the DUMBEST thing I wish I never heard!!!

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