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Can a pill 'cure racism'?
Yahoo! News/The Week ^ | March 9, 2012 | The Week's Editorial Staff

Posted on 03/09/2012 10:47:23 AM PST by Free ThinkerNY

Sure, it sounds crazy. But researchers at Oxford University believe that a common heart medication actually quells your subconscious prejudices.

We think of racism as "a product of our culture and of ignorance," says Cassie Murdoch at Jezebel. "But silly us, maybe all we really need to do is take a pill." That's what a team of Oxford University researchers concluded after giving volunteers propranolol, a beta blocker commonly used to treat heart disease, and finding that the test subjects who took the drug became less likely to exhibit "subconscious racism." Has science really stumbled upon a pill that can "cure racism"? Here's what you should know:

How was this study conducted? Experimental psychologist Sylvia Terbeck and her team gave two groups of 18 volunteers either a placebo or a dose of propranolol, then put them through a battery of tests designed to gauge racism, such as matching "positive and negative words and pictures of black and white individuals on a computer screen." More than a third of the propranolol takers scored negative, meaning they showed little subconscious racial bias; none of the placebo-takers scored negative.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: racism; rascismpill

1 posted on 03/09/2012 10:47:26 AM PST by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Look for the left to add this to our water in addition to fluoride - which is the active ingredient in Prozac.


2 posted on 03/09/2012 10:48:36 AM PST by MeganC (No way in Hell am I voting for Mitt Romney. Not now, not ever. Deal with it.)
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If so, Obama and his mentors should start taking these pills immediately.


3 posted on 03/09/2012 10:49:08 AM PST by Maverick68
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To: MeganC
Look for the left to add this to our water in addition to fluoride - which is the active ingredient in Prozac.

They wouldn't dare! Because they know Obama would lose all the blacks that voted for him just because he was of the same skin color as them.

4 posted on 03/09/2012 10:51:54 AM PST by apillar
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I heard that its a little black pill.


5 posted on 03/09/2012 10:52:13 AM PST by Delta 21 (Make your choice ! There are NO civilians.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

::snifffffff:

Yep, SMELLS like boolshite...


6 posted on 03/09/2012 10:52:24 AM PST by Adder (Da bro has GOT to go!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Give these guys a bigger research grant! < /s >


7 posted on 03/09/2012 10:53:23 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Maverick68
Probly wont work on them......

The drug had no measurable effect on "explicit racial bias."

8 posted on 03/09/2012 10:54:19 AM PST by Delta 21 (Make your choice ! There are NO civilians.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Sounds like all the “volunteers” were white.


9 posted on 03/09/2012 10:54:40 AM PST by timeflies
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To: Free ThinkerNY

10 posted on 03/09/2012 10:58:06 AM PST by KodakKing (Freedom isn't free. Just ask any soldier. www.anysoldier.com)
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To: Maverick68
Derrick Bell Please pick up the white courtesy phone...oops. Too late.
11 posted on 03/09/2012 11:00:24 AM PST by Daffynition (On Andrew Breitbart: In his honor, I'll fight harder...He'll be back and he'll be millions.)
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To: timeflies

Of course all the test subjects were white. Only white people can be racist. Now if only they had a pill that cured the mental illness called liberalism.


12 posted on 03/09/2012 11:05:38 AM PST by yank in the UK ( A liberal mocking Christianity. I asked "why don't you mock Islam?" he replied "Muslims are violent)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

13 posted on 03/09/2012 11:11:41 AM PST by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Government says, “If you can’t shut’em up...drug’em.”


14 posted on 03/09/2012 11:14:07 AM PST by FrankR (You are only enslaved to the extent of the entitlements you receive.)
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To: MeganC

Hot dog! Quick - give it the Obamas and their supporters!


15 posted on 03/09/2012 11:14:53 AM PST by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: Old Sarge

bttt


16 posted on 03/09/2012 11:19:22 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Good God! Yet another reason to avoid all drugs at any cost. We moved here to the hinterlands the year that SA decided to put floride in the water-now I hear that many want the city water company to stop adding it, because of safety oncerns. Meanwhile, my water is as nature provides it, purified by a small Britta-type unit in my garage.


17 posted on 03/09/2012 11:22:37 AM PST by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: MeganC

Nope. But there is a pill that grows in piles in some states that is supposed to make you smarter.

:)


18 posted on 03/09/2012 11:37:24 AM PST by Bailee (Santorum vs Santorum http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELbCuLEe7Sw)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Does this pill make everyone the same color?


19 posted on 03/09/2012 11:52:02 AM PST by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Only lead ones....


20 posted on 03/09/2012 11:52:35 AM PST by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I’d rather see a pill that can cure liberalism.


21 posted on 03/09/2012 12:16:32 PM PST by JaguarXKE
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I think there is an inherent ability for humans to identify differences, “us” versus “them”. This behavior was necessary with tribal or clans that were in conflict. Skin color is an obvious distinction but, having spent a fair amount of time in Asia, I can differentiate among Hmong, Japanese, Chinese, Khmer, Thai, Thai Yai, etc. We are attuned to recognize differences and suspect that different equals bad. Part of human nature.


22 posted on 03/09/2012 12:33:16 PM PST by JimSEA
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Good give it to Jesse, Al, Holder, Obama, the black caucus's...
23 posted on 03/09/2012 12:54:24 PM PST by THE_RAIDER (Somewhere in Kenya a village is missing their idiot.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Were any of the test subjects black? They keep telling us only white people are racist..........


24 posted on 03/09/2012 12:59:51 PM PST by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

If it would we should stuff bottles down Bo, moochelle, and holder, just to get started.


25 posted on 03/09/2012 1:47:41 PM PST by Neoliberalnot (Marxism works well only with the uneducated and the unarmed.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
This is actually interesting news. Propranolol is a beta blocker, used to treat hypertension, anxiety and panic.

Propranolol is often used by musicians and other performers to prevent stage fright. It has been taken by surgeons to reduce their own innate hand tremors during surgery.

So, unconscious racism might be anxiety or panic based.

26 posted on 03/09/2012 3:42:18 PM PST by Dick Holmes
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