Sunday, March 11, 2012

a drug that reduces racism?

Does Propranolol Reduce Racism? Probably Yes, Subconsciously.

When I did the Project Implicit test, like a large minority of white folks, I learned I have an implicit preference for black folks. I dunno if Propranolol would've eliminated that. The idea of a drug that eliminates racism may excite some people, but it worries me—humans are a combination of their opinions, good and bad, and being able to control other people's opinions is the dream of every hierarch.


  1. I used to have to give presentations every other month, and because I had an inordinate fear of pubic speaking (which I no longer have), I'd take a propranolol beforehand. It seemed to mitigate my fear, but not erase it entirely. Racism is often linked to anger. I wonder if propranolol blunts anger too, and makes a racist feel less so?

  2. Charlie, I haven't a clue, but it's an interesting theory.