I always thought Molly/Ecstasy turned you into a blissed out hug-loving moron, but apparently it turns us into blissed out racists instead. From VICE:
You don’t have a lot of time for rational thought after dropping a pill. Three Mitsis in and you’re almost entirely preoccupied with finding out what people’s scarves feel like, or busy trying to focus on literally anything through your rapid-fire flicker-eyes. So you’d have thought that, amid all the euphoria and heart palpitations, there surely wouldn’t be space to get hung up on the ethnicity of everyone around you.
However, it turns out that the brain’s biochemistry during a blissed out club night might not be too dissimilar from a rally during the EDL’s golden years. This is because of a hormone called oxytocin, which has been described by many as “the love hormone” or the “cuddle drug”. The hormone has been linked to developing trust between mother and child during breast feeding, and between partners after intercourse. Its release is also triggered by MDMA, and that loved-up feeling you get after swallowing a pill has been attributed to the effects the hormone has on the brain.
However, research by Professor Carsten De Dreu at the University of Amsterdam revealed that oxytocin had a slightly more sinister side. In short, his experiments revealed that what many thought of as the “moral molecule” was actually quite the opposite, contributing towards what scientists euphemistically refer to as “ethnocentrism”, or what the layman would call racism.
Participants in Dr Dreu’s experiment were presented with a dilemma where they had to deny one person access to a lifeboat in order to save five others. In the double-blind experiment, Dutch men were given either oxytocin via a nasal spray, or a placebo. The results showed that those taking oxytocin were more likely to spare men with Dutch names, while sacrificing those with Muslim or German-sounding names. On the placebo, however, the name of the potential victim didn’t matter.
[continues at VICE]
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