So, They think Propranolol Dampens Negative Racial Bias? Think Again! By Brian Simpson
According to S. Terbeck (et al.), “Propranolol Reduces Implicit Negative Racial Bias,” Psychopharmacology, February 28, 2012, the use of the drug propranolol, used primarily to treat a variety of medical conditions such as high blood pressure and irregular heart rate, can also “abolish implicit racial bias.” This was tested in 36 volunteers.
Be that as it may, I know almost that number of people, myself included, who receive this drug to control hypertension. All of these people, except for myself, I being a loving kind of guy, are strong racists, by the system’s standards. I asked everyone in my smaller sample if they had become more racist after taking the drug, and they said that the drug did not effect their attitudes, which were a product of current political events, such as mass immigration. Although it would bring a tear to my eye, I suppose the socialists would put me into that camp as well.
But, where goes the Terbeck (et al.) hypothesis? Surely it is wrong, for a complex social behaviour could not be regulated just by the administration of β-adrenoceptors. It is biological determinism and reductionism gone mad.