Are You Racist? Take a Pill.

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It seems that some people think that a heart disease drug can potentially be repurposed to treat racism. This is from an article in the Telegraph:

The scientists wrote: “The main finding of our study is that propranolol significantly reduced implicit but not explicit racial bias.”

Despite the study’s small size and limitations, the researchers believe it raises important ethical and philosophical questions.

Co-author Professor Julian Savulescu, from Oxford University’s Faculty of Philosophy, said: “Such research raises the tantalising possibility that our unconscious racial attitudes could be modulated using drugs, a possibility that requires careful ethical analysis.

4:32 am on March 17, 2012