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    Blood Pressure Drug 'Reduces In-Built Racism'

    A common heart disease drug may have the unusual side-effect of combating racism, a new study suggests.

    The beta-blocker drug can reduce 'subconscious' racism, the Oxford University study found.

    Researchers found that people who took propranolol scored significantly lower on a standard test used to detect subconscious racial attitudes, than those who took a placebo.

    Propranolol is most often used to reduce high blood pressure by lowering the heart rate, as well as angina and irregular heartbeat. It is also used to manage the physical symptoms of anxiety, and control migraine.

    It is thought to work by blocking activation of the peripheral 'automatic' nervous system, and in areas of the brain involved with formulating emotional responses, including fear, called the amygdalae.

    Their small study took 36 white student volunteers, gave half a single 40mg dose of propranolol and half a placebo, and asked them all to undertake the Implicit Association Test - designed to test "subtle and spontaneous biased behaviour" - two hours later.

    The test requires participants to visually sort particular words like 'joy' ,'evil', 'happy' and 'glorious', as well as black and white faces, into the correct categories.

    Sylvia Terbeck, lead author of the study, published in the journal Psychopharmacology, said: "Our results offer new evidence about the processes in the brain that shape implicit racial bias.

    "Implicit racial bias can occur even in people with a sincere belief in equality.

    "Given the key role that such implicit attitudes appear to play in discrimination against other ethnic groups, and the widespread use of propranolol for medical purposes, our findings are also of considerable ethical interest."

    Professor Julian Savulescu, of the university's Faculty of Philosophy, and a co-author of the study, said: "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."

    But Dr Chris Chambers, from Cardiff University's School of Psychology, said the results should be treated with "extreme caution".

    He said: "We don't know whether the drug influenced racial attitudes only or whether it altered implicit brain systems more generally. And we can't rule out the possibility that the effects were due to the drug incidentally reducing heart rate.

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

    *Propranolol reduces implicit negative racial bias, Psychopharmacology DOI 10.1007/s00213-012-2657-5
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    Propranolol reduces implicit negative racial bias, also known as natural reaction against foreigners with whom to interact can cause "unexpected" death from hostile behavior.

    It obviously does not have a "moral" effect, it only takes out natural reactions to hostile onslaughts, infiltration and alienation. That's obviously not "moral", but very anti-moral.

    But it fits into their agenda, making "racism" a mental "defect" that needs "treatment". The idea alone to make such a test shows the sickness of the "scientists". Notice how they just use "white" students? Other pseudo-scientists already "established" that only whites can be racist, so they dont even test non-whites anymore.

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    Maybe with a daily dose of that drug, we can live in harmony with all races and be tolerant of eachother, just like nature intended it.

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    "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."
    This is not biological research, but applying political attitudes through a psychological study to what we already know (I know) about a drug. Biology is not moral or immoral. The lion eats the zebra because he is hungry. The macrophage phagocytoses the invading bacteria and subjects it to hydrolysis (destruction) because it is foreign and causes damage to the body. People have a natural aversion to foreign invaders because of the similar damaging effects they cause to the folk body.

    "So although interesting, in my view these preliminary results are a long way from suggesting that propranolol specifically influences racial attitudes."
    Of course propanolol does not influence racial attitutes. -lol drugs are beta receptor blockers. The heart has beta-1 and beta-2 receptors. Inhibiting these receptors lowers blood pressure by lowering the contractility of the heart. The same person is of course going to be much more relaxed and less reactive to stimuli at a lower blood pressure than at a higher blood pressure. I could design a similar politically motivated psychological study and spin it to sound that caffeine, which increases blood pressure, decreases morality by increasing people's natural reaction to extra-racial stimuli.

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    What is the "ethical interest" in this, feeding Propranolol to everyone who shows signs of "racial bias"? I don't even think this medication reduces "racial bias" to begin with. Beta-blockers are sometimes prescribed against anxiety and panic issues as they keep one into a calmer mode. I've taken beta-blockers in order to lower my heart rate and reduce panic attacks but higher dosages resulted in fatigue and drowsiness, this is also what happens when this medication is given to people who have no heart problems or don't need it otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Autosomal Viking
    I could design a similar politically motivated psychological study and spin it to sound that caffeine, which increases blood pressure, decreases morality by increasing people's natural reaction to extra-racial stimuli.
    Dont do that! They'll just going to outlaw caffeine then
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    Would they not be better off seeking a drug to cure inter-species dating which, in many cases, involves the perverse sexual practice of bestiality

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    Propranololololololol!!!
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    Now white people are mental health racists freaks? Oh please! Jews at it again!
    White people the only one tested? Frkn Christ' talk about singling out one race.... As far as I know only one race has admitted that they are the chosen people and every one is a gentile aloud to live on this earth for one reason only' that is to serve the chosen people. Yet they harper on about whites being the only racists that need to be reprogrammed.

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    Here is said test, or an example there of.

    Below is the interpretation of your IAT performance, followed by questions about what you think it means. The next page explains the task and has more information such as a summary of what most people show on this IAT.
    Your Result
    Your data suggest a slight automatic preference for European American compared to African American.

    The interpretation is described as 'automatic preference for European American' if you responded faster when European American faces and Good words were classified with the same key than when African American faces and Good words were classified with the same key.
    It is telling that they push their value judgment about something that is the result of evolution to better ensure the survival of both the individual and the group is being presented as something negative. Because how big, you think, is the change they would have stated that this drug lowers vital group cohesion. And makes them less able to recognize treats to the group?
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