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Racist? Angry? Take a pill




More behavior-modifying pills marketed to the already heavily intoxicated masses. The saddest part is that the original article contains a poll asking Where do you stand on the idea of a pill to enhance moral behaviour? and 28% are actually FOR it.

Racist? Angry? Take a pill
Coming soon … a pill to enhance moral behaviour

A pill to enhance moral behaviour; a treatment for racist thoughts; a therapy to increase your empathy for people in other countries – these may sound like the stuff of science fiction but, with medicine moving closer to altering our moral state, society should be preparing for the consequences, according to a book reviewing scientific developments in the field.

Drugs such as Prozac, which alters a patient’s mental state, already have an impact on moral behaviour but scientists predict that future medical advances may allow much more sophisticated manipulations.

The field is in its infancy but “it’s very far from being science fiction”, says the deputy director of the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics and a Wellcome Trust biomedical ethics award winner, Dr Guy Kahane.

“Science has ignored the question of moral improvement so far but it is now becoming a big debate,” he says. “There is already a growing body of research you can describe in these terms. Studies show that certain drugs affect the ways people respond to moral dilemmas by increasing their sense of empathy, group affiliation and by reducing aggression.”

Researchers have become interested in developing biomedical technologies capable of intervening in the biological processes that affect moral behaviour and moral thinking, says a Wellcome Trust research fellow at Oxford University’s Uehiro Centre, Dr Tom Douglas. He is a co-author of Enhancing Human Capacities, published this week.

“Drugs that affect our moral thinking and behaviour already exist but we tend not to think of them in that way,” he says. “[Prozac] lowers aggression and bitterness against environment and so could be said to make people more agreeable. Or oxytocin, the so-called love hormone … increases feelings of social bonding and empathy while reducing anxiety. Scientists will develop more of these drugs and create new ways of taking drugs we already know about.”

But would pharmacologically induced altruism, for example, amount to genuine moral behaviour? “We can change people’s emotional responses but quite whether that improves their moral behaviour is not something science can answer,” Kahane says.

He also admits it is unlikely that people would rush to take a pill that would improve their morals.

“Becoming more trusting, nicer, less aggressive and less violent can make you more vulnerable to exploitation,” he says. “On the other hand, it could improve your relationships or help your career.”

Kahane does not advocate putting morality drugs in the water supply but does suggest that if administered widely, they might help humanity tackle global issues.

“Relating to the plight of people on the other side of the world or of future generations is not in our nature,” he says. “This new body of drugs could make possible feelings of global affiliation and of abstract empathy for future generations.”

The chairman in ethics in medicine and director of the centre for ethics in medicine at the University of Bristol, Professor Ruud ter Meulen, warns that while some drugs can improve moral behaviour, others – and sometimes the same ones – can have the opposite effect.

“While oxytocin makes you more likely to trust and co-operate with others in your social group, it reduces empathy for those outside the group,” he says.

He says deep brain stimulation, used for Parkinson’s disease, has had unintended consequences, leading to cases in which patients begin to steal or become sexually aggressive.

Meulen suggests moral-enhancement drugs might be used in the criminal justice system. “These drugs will be more effective in prevention and cure than prison,” he says.


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did I miss the citation for this article? where's the source?


Brave new world much?


This reeks of a combination of A Clockwork Orange and Brave New World style thinking

frank kinney howell

Yes a troubled mind is a wasted mind indeed!!!! Yes today you have 24 hour pill drive throughs? Yes i can remember when we had drive in movies? Yes even drive in resturants? Yes drug with counters where one could sit down and have a cherry coke? Yes down town hudsons department store 1957 and childrens toy floor…………. Yes young men and women of today the toy floor where if a kid was ask what do you want… that would be a very hard question to answer…………… because you just wanted to walk and LOOK at everything everywhere first! Yeah i was just thinking about that yesterday because it was one of the happy times in my childhood and a kind of thing i think about to kinda pick me up when i feel down and out? Yes the 24 hour pill for the troubled mind cure……? Yes and goverment produced and chemically treated marijuana……… for medical use only? Yes 24 hr super pill service and now our goverment is in the chemically treated maraijuana super service for medical reasons only business you over tax cigarette smokers? Yes a top priority FDA health concern because it's easy money and they… Read more »


I have to admit this is a stupid idea for a pill. The issues stated can be solved in therapy. People don't need these pills to function in society.

I have bipolar disorder as well as general anxiety disorder and I've stopped taking my meds. They were doing more harm than good so I'm taking herbal medicines but still struggling with my illness. However, there are many people who become stable on mood stabilizers, anti-depressants, etc since they either experience no side effects or they can tolerate the side effects. Mental illness exists and can be crippling to live with. I don't like the ignorance surrounding medications. In many cases, medication is a good thing and saves lives, but it's risky at the same time.

People should only be taking medication if they absolutely need it to be stable. There are certain illnesses that therapy can't solve (but can help), one being bipolar.


i cant wait to try it! with some codiene robotussin mix it with jolly ranchers and some sprite, viola: miracle juice


Last time I checked the body already had that natural mechanism it call emotions. That is also why we are suppose to cultivate relationships to understand each other but with racist parents and a heavy media rotation of all kinds of dysfunctional practices all you get is puppets and puppet masters.

Vigilant Observer

Actually i don't see anything wrong with racists taking a chill pill, it's long overdue!!! 🙂 happy thoughts nothing but happy thoughts.


Anyone ever read the unabomber manifesto? I dont agree with blowing people up but his essay makes alot of sense when you look at how the world is now..




uh there's already a pill that increases empathy towards others and promotes social bonding.. it's called MethyleneDioxyMethAmphetamine.


of course the elite wouldn't want such a wonderful substance to be legal 😉


mdma is already ready to be legalised for treatment of post traumatic stress disorder. also its a widespread practice to go to your psycologist for a therapy session around california even though its not legal quite yet. I read it in Oprah magazine a couple months ago i think it was the feb 2011 issue? something like that?


MDMA = Ecstacy lol

Very clever.

You wouldn't want to take it every day, though, unless you wanna burn out your dopamine receptors….like permanently. 🙂


This is reminiscent of the song In The Year 2525 which starts out as:

In the year 2525

If man is still alive

If woman can survive

They may find

In the year 3535

Ain't gonna need to tell the truth, tell no lies

Everything you think, do, and say

Is in the pill you took today


If there were such a drug that could effectively induce "morality", its real power would be in the stoppage of the drug on selected people at their controller's choosing.


and afterwards we can all take a drug to cure us of our drug addictions!

Fun Ghoul

HOLY SHIT IT'S BL/ind !!!!!!!!!!

Howard Beale

The elite should be forced to take some anti-greed pills.


Hey Vigilant, have you read the lyrics of latest song from Ozzy Osbourne? here it is… I'm a rockstar, I'm a dealer I'm a servant, I'm a leader I'm a saviour, i'm a sinner, i'm a killer I'll be anything you want me to be Silent as a witness Make your heart race with a death kiss I'm a soldier in a blood war In the peace corp I'll be everything you'll ever be Loser number zero Play the victim, end up a hero I'm a teacher, preacher Liar, I am everything, anything I'm a mover and a shaker The oppressor, stimulator I'm a coward I'm a fighter I'm everything It's revelation, celebration, graduation Times collide watch the world awaken All the past regrets from days gone by Let it go, let it die It's a new day for the FACELESS Take the torches from the useless First amendment, second guesses All dependant, I'll do anything to help you Fallen crosses, new alliance Deep thinkers, modern science Open guest list, all inclusive No-one loses, everything you've always wanted Honest answers for the bruises Full disclosure, no excuses OPEN HANDSHAKE, clean slate No hate, living history Misery, information, revolution Loading up… Read more »

Sarah Connor

Wow…..he's not called the prince of darkness for no reason. Lol

oh mannnnnn

the plastic culture is a passing fashion that will soon subside with the renewal of the spiritual consciousness.

Willaru Huayta-

born in the amazon jungle, a quechua native that lived the original way until he was given the duty to be a spiritual messenger for some of the most noble and loving people from the amazon and was told to go to the big cities to give us messages from incan priests who reside in the 4th dimension

so much of our science is to me a waste of time and resources. in fact many natives say that investigating purely the material world or investigating life and making all growth only in the material is not to live fully at all. the scientists are so proud of there 3d investigations but they will have the hardest time understanding the spirit world. so these these people are not in tune with nature, if they were and if you are, you would know all natural medicines and wisdom will keep your morals right in shape. every law we ever needed is written in our heart.

pills = profit

p.s. i'm so fuckin high wooooooooow


That last part reminds me so much of A Clockwork Orange. We all know how that turned out, I hope. I was on Prozac for years as a child, and a lot of bad shit happened to me because I was too agreeable with my deteriorating situation. It scares me looking back, how I just sat by and watched it all go to hell without protest. I never questioned my circumstances, and I was convinced that I needed medication to survive in society. I just know these new drugs will be used to abuse people by abridging their judgment. I hate to talk this way, but the big pharmaceuticals are all owned by the Illuminati, and they'd love nothing more than to rape us all without a fight. This new miracle drug cannot be put to good use because its creators are demented fucks.


Yeah take a pill to believe in terrorist bombings and when you're done, take another pill to see the aliens coming.


reminds me of the "soma" drug from brave new world by aldous huxley.

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