Molly Makes You Racist

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Ecstasy (MDMA)

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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17 Comments on "Molly Makes You Racist"

  1. Deborah Gibbons | Apr 4, 2014 at 12:31 pm |

    Bullshit…Muslims are not a “race” & xenophobia is another thing entirely!

    • Racism and xenophobia are expressions of the same urge for in-group cohesion and out-group exclusion. Racism is just a pseudo-scientific ideology used to justify innate xenophobia, based on physical characteristics. So it appears what the researchers are observing is an accentuated preference for one’s own in-group at the expense of outsiders.

    • Here’s what it actually says in the article:

      “An important distinction to make at this point is that oxytocin’s role
      in these phenomena is not to produce a particular distrust for those
      different to you, but more a kinship to those who share qualities you
      recognise in yourself. So the result isn’t so much racism as it is

  2. BuzzCoastin | Apr 4, 2014 at 12:46 pm |

    if anything
    it shows that people on Molly
    shouldn’t be making life saving decisions

  3. That’s a wild leap from the data. I think the experience as a whole trumps any effects the oxytocin would have on that type of bias. Whether that be the serotonin or whatever else that dissolves ingrained fears and cultural ones.

    • Hell I agree with you Alex. The data suggests that people prefer dutch surnames. Holland has been multicultural trading zone from the viking times as a result of its location. I doubt you can discern race from that so leap aboard the propaganda and sloppy science reporting train.

  4. Mick-Doscious | Apr 4, 2014 at 1:25 pm |

    Sounds more like people chose names that are less troublesome phonetically, this article states nothing about the color or the perceived race.

  5. Thurlow Weed | Apr 4, 2014 at 2:43 pm |

    Articles published by VICE are the real reasons animals are running from Yellowstone Park.

  6. marshall | Apr 4, 2014 at 4:44 pm |

    It doesn’t make you a racist, but worse….A NAMIST!!

  7. Ted Heistman | Apr 4, 2014 at 7:03 pm |

    It makes you dig names like Fux and Hoost

  8. It’s a Group Drug, ya know what I mean?

  9. Who is this Molly woman and what is her ethnic origin?

  10. Wouldn’t that mean they were zeroing in on ethnicity and not race? Where did they get those laymen they are supposedly quoting?

  11. Upon further consideration, I feel confident Western Science™ will never explain anything useful about the brain.

  12. That’s funny…both times my white cat tried molly, she was hanging with Asian people…

  13. David Jones | Apr 6, 2014 at 3:24 pm |

    Oh, well the Dutch are a great example of how different people view racism. Good job.

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