[ExI] Scientists have found a drug that makes people more compassionate
anders at aleph.se
Fri Sep 25 08:00:21 UTC 2015
On 2015-09-25 07:21, Adrian Tymes wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 24, 2015 at 12:15 AM, John Grigg
> <possiblepaths2050 at gmail.com <mailto:possiblepaths2050 at gmail.com>> wrote:
> "The drug, called tolcapone, prolongs the effect of dopamine in
> the prefrontal cortex of the brain, a region involved in the
> regulation of complex thought and our emotions. And early tests
> suggest that it encourages people who take it to be more
> fair-minded when it comes to money."
> Now let's see how many people howl in protest out of fear it might be
> used on them.
My favorite paper ever on enhancement attitudes is
Riis, J., Simmons, J. P., & Goodwin, G. P. (2008). Preferences for
enhancement pharmaceuticals: The reluctance to enhance fundamental
traits. /Journal of Consumer Research/, /35/(3), 495-508.
and they found only 9% of the respondents wanted a (fictional) kindness
enhancer. People are not too keen on enhancing what they think is
fundamental to themselves.
(When professor Julian Savulescu heard of this result during one of my
lectures he shouted "They're wrong!" - he is one of the leading
proponents of moral enhancement.)
Future of Humanity Institute
Oxford Martin School
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