S. Worthen (owlfish) wrote,
S. Worthen
owlfish

Social phobia drug

I saw this news the other day, and the more I think about it, the more alarming it is. It's not meant to be. The article is about a new drug, still in tests, which increases trust. In tests, people who took the drug were fairly likely to trust scammers even after they'd been scammed; the control group unanimous avoided the scammer, post-scam.

It's being advertised as a way to help people with social phobias. That's useful. But I look at this news and see all the abuse potential it has.

I imagine the Siren myths retold as creatures breathing gusts of oxytocin on unsuspecting sailors.
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