Medical Ethics Professor Proposes Governments Add Psychoactive Drugs to Tap Water to Reduce Dissent From Lockdowns

"A strategy like this one could be a way out of this pandemic, a future outbreak or the suffering associated with climate change"

COVID-19 is a collective risk. It threatens everyone, and we all must cooperate to lower the chance that the coronavirus harms any one individual. Among other things, that means keeping safe social distances and wearing masks. But many people choose not to do these things, making spread of infection more likely.

When someone chooses not to follow public health guidelines around the coronavirus, they’re defecting from the public good. It’s the moral equivalent of the tragedy of the commons: If everyone shares the same pasture for their individual flocks, some people are going to graze their animals longer, or let them eat more than their fair share, ruining the commons in the process. Selfish and self-defeating behavior undermines the pursuit of something from which everyone can benefit.

Democratically enacted enforceable rules – mandating things like mask wearing and social distancing – might work, if defectors could be coerced into adhering to them. But not all states have opted to pass them or to enforce the rules that are in place.

My research in bioethics focuses on questions like how to induce those who are noncooperative to get on board with doing what’s best for the public good. To me, it seems the problem of coronavirus defectors could be solved by moral enhancement: like receiving a vaccine to beef up your immune system, people could take a substance to boost their cooperative, pro-social behavior. Could a psychoactive pill be the solution to the pandemic?

It’s a far-out proposal that’s bound to be controversial, but one I believe is worth at least considering, given the importance of social cooperation in the struggle to get COVID-19 under control.

Public goods games show scale of the problem

Evidence from experimental economics shows that defections are common to situations in which people face collective risks. Economists use public goods games to measure how people behave in various scenarios to lower collective risks such as from climate change or a pandemic and to prevent the loss of public and private goods.

The evidence from these experiments is no cause for optimism. Usually everyone loses because people won’t cooperate. This research suggests it’s not surprising people aren’t wearing masks or social distancing – lots of people defect from groups when facing a collective risk. By the same token, I’d expect that, as a group, we will fail at addressing the collective risk of COVID-19, because groups usually fail. For more than 150,000 Americans so far, this has meant losing everything there is to lose.

But don’t abandon all hope. In some of these experiments, the groups win and successfully prevent the losses associated with the collective risk. What makes winning more likely? Things like keeping a running tally of what others are contributing, observing others’ behaviorscommunication and coordination before and during play, and democratic implementation of an enforceable rule requiring contributions.

For those of us in the United States, these conditions are out of reach when it comes to COVID-19. You can’t know what others are contributing to the fight against the coronavirus, especially if you socially distance yourself. It’s impossible to keep a running tally of what the other 328 million people in the U.S. are doing. And communication and coordination are not feasible outside of your own small group.

Even if these factors were achievable, they still require the very cooperative behavior that’s in short supply. The scale of the pandemic is simply too great for any of this to be possible.

Promoting cooperation with moral enhancement

It seems that the U.S. is not currently equipped to cooperatively lower the risk confronting us. Many are instead pinning their hopes on the rapid development and distribution of an enhancement to the immune system – a vaccine.

But I believe society may be better off, both in the short term as well as the long, by boosting not the body’s ability to fight off disease but the brain’s ability to cooperate with others. What if researchers developed and delivered a moral enhancer rather than an immunity enhancer?

Moral enhancement is the use of substances to make you more moral. The psychoactive substances act on your ability to reason about what the right thing to do is, or your ability to be empathetic or altruistic or cooperative.

For example, oxytocin, the chemical that, among other things, can induce labor or increase the bond between mother and child, may cause a person to be more empathetic and altruisticmore giving and generousThe same goes for psilocybin, the active component of “magic mushrooms.” These substances have been shown to lower aggressive behavior in those with antisocial personality disorder and to improve the ability of sociopaths to recognize emotion in others.

These substances interact directly with the psychological underpinnings of moral behavior; others that make you more rational could also help.

Then, perhaps, the people who choose to go maskless or flout social distancing guidelines would better understand that everyone, including them, is better off when they contribute, and rationalize that the best thing to do is cooperate.

Moral enhancement as an alternative to vaccines

There are of course pitfalls to moral enhancement.

One is that the science isn’t developed enough. For example, while oxytocin may cause some people to be more pro-social, it also appears to encourage ethnocentrism, and so is probably a bad candidate for a widely distributed moral enhancement. But this doesn’t mean that a morality pill is impossible. The solution to the underdeveloped science isn’t to quit on it, but to direct resources to related research in neuroscience, psychology or one of the behavioral sciences.

Another challenge is that the defectors who need moral enhancement are also the least likely to sign up for it.

As some have argued, a solution would be to make moral enhancement compulsory or administer it secretly, perhaps via the water supply. These actions require weighing other values. Does the good of covertly dosing the public with a drug that would change people’s behavior outweigh individuals’ autonomy to choose whether to participate? Does the good associated with wearing a mask outweigh an individual’s autonomy to not wear one?

The scenario in which the government forces an immunity booster upon everyone is plausible. And the military has been forcing enhancements like vaccines or “uppers” upon soldiers for a long time. The scenario in which the government forces a morality booster upon everyone is far-fetched. But a strategy like this one could be a way out of this pandemic, a future outbreak or the suffering associated with climate change. That’s why we should be thinking of it now.

Parker Crutchfiel is the Associate Professor of Medical Ethics, Humanities and Law at Western Michigan University

Source: The Conversation

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Tom Turek
3 months ago

They have already been adding such..ie fluoride since WW2. Wakey wakey.

Otto310
Otto310
3 months ago

If this article was written by a one of Babylon Bee’s talented writers of sarcasm,…(Which I thought was the case till I got to the end)…. it would have been pretty amusing. In fact I’m still not sure if it is meant to be a serious piece or in fact sarcasm.
Perhaps someone can say if Mr Crutchfiel is indeed a well known writer of comedy.
If he is I ain’t heard of him, but if he isn’t, his advice would be better spent on giving those that rule America some of that “oxytocin” chemical.

NWOD
NWOD
3 months ago
Reply to  Otto310

No comedy, this is how Communists think. They decide what’s in everyone’s best interest (or at least what they claim they think is in everyone’s best interest), and then force you to do it, or else. Their compliance, of course, is completely voluntary, and not to be expected. It’s for your good they are making these sacrifices, you understand.

Mychal Arnold
Mychal Arnold
3 months ago

Already done, fluoride anyone?

Wiley Coyote
Wiley Coyote
3 months ago
Reply to  Mychal Arnold

The effect of fluoride in making a population docile and easily handled was discovered by the Soviets and communicated to the Nazis during the 1930’s when the two socialist giants were still good buddies.

mothman777
mothman777
3 months ago
Reply to  Wiley Coyote

The only ‘evidence’ of German involvement in this came from pure hearsay from one ‘witness’ alone, I have read the relevant page and was not impressed as to its veracity. No tanks of fluoride or piping to relay fluoride or any commercial or manufacturing records or official directives or instructions on how to do so have ever been discovered anywhere or found anywhere in any camps, but the Soviets really did employ that sort of thing, and being what they were, naturally projected their sins onto others, and of course, the actually communist US government STILL uses it on their captive population in the land of the FREEEEEE… You know, the same people who founded the creation of the Bolshevik Soviet Union that murdered 66 million Christians, and then preserved their slave empire in WWII with the Lend Lease Program sending hundreds of millions of tonnes of war materiel to Stalin, as the treacherous infiltrated ‘ahem’ bankers and politicians behind all that most definitely did not want to see their NWO slave army creation knocked on the head.

Mr. Evans
Mr. Evans
3 months ago

Like I Have Been Posting For 9 Months Now, . . .

If You Survive The Series, And There Will Be A Series Of These Liquid Death Faux Vaccines The Following Will Be Happening To You,. . . If You Don’t Die As Part Of The Evil UN Agenda 21 / 2030 Realm-Wide Depopulation $camdemic . . .

Everyone Will Be Borgified And Made 1 With The Borg AI Collective Hive-Mind Via The AI They Will Be Creating Via The Micro Chips In The Many In Number Bullshit COVID19 Vaccines They Have In $tore For All Of Us Mortals,Which Will Then Via The Bullshit Hydrojell Will Alter Our Genetic DNA / RNA And Create A Borg Drone For Those Humans Who Survive All Of Their Deadly Toxic Bullshit $hite COVID19, Or COVID-OP$1984 Vaccines . . .

I Will Not Nor Never Be Assimilated Into The Borg Collective Hive-Mind, And I Will Die First Then Go Unwillingly Down That Horrific Path . . . ;-( . . . .

I WILL DIE AS I WAS BORN HERE IN THE NOW FMRU$, . . . MEANING I WILL DIE FREE, AND ON MY TERMS AND NOT THEIRS . . .

Do You Understand Me ??? ;-0

Mr. Evans
Mr. Evans
3 months ago

The Following 3 Posts In 1 Will Get You Going . . .

TEL-LIE-VI$ION . . . Do You Understand ? . . . . Turn It Off And Go Outside Or Read Books To Keep You Busy, Or Go Online And Watch Videos And Read Articles Like This 1, And If You Have Them, Play With Your Children, And Turn Off Your $pying-Listening-Watching You Through The Cameras And Tracking Your Every Move Not $o $mart Phone, And Toss It Away Now . . . Try And Go Back To The Older Land Line Phones, . . . That’s If You Still Can Get 1 From Your Internet & Cable Provider ?

Like The 1988 Roddy Piper Movie Showcased, . . . They Live, While We Sleep, And Shop, And Consume, And Follow Orders, And Do What Authority Tells Us To Do . . .
They Have Been Here Way Before Our Species Came Into Being . . .
It’s Time For The Sleepers To Awaken Fully And Say No More . . .

Do You Understand Me ? . . . Wake The Fuck Up Now!!! . . . .

REFUSE Any And All Deadly Toxic Non Vaccines . . . . Your Very Lives, And Your Children’s And Families Lives Depend On That . . .

There Is No Damned Virus Called COVID19 . . . What There Is, Is A Psyop Or Psychological Operation I Call The COVID-OP$1984 $camdemic Which Is An Operation In Fear And Control . . .

Mr. Evans
Mr. Evans
3 months ago

TEL-LIE-VI$ION . . . Do You Understand ? . . . . Turn It Off And Go Outside Or Read Books To Keep You Busy, Or Go Online And Watch Videos From Dr. Vernon Coleman and Max Igan, And If You Have Them, Play With Your Children, And Turn Off Your $pying-Listening-Watching You Through The Cameras And Tracking Your Every Move Not $o $mart Phone, And Toss It Away Now . . . Try And Go Back To The Older Land Line Phones, . . . That’s If You Still Can Get 1 From Your Internet & Cable Provider ?

Like The 1988 Roddy Piper Movie Showcased, . . . They Live, While We Sleep, And Shop, And Consume, And Follow Orders, And Do What Authority Tells Us To Do . . . They Have Been Here Way Before Our Species Came Into Being . . . It’s Time For The Sleepers To Awaken Fully And Say No More . . . Do You Understand Me ? . . . Wake The Fuck Up Now!!! . . . . REFUSE Any And All Deadly Toxic Non Vaccines . . . . Your Very Lives, And Your Children’s And Families Depend On That . . .

There Is No Damned Virus Called COVID19 . . . What There Is, Is A Psyop Or Psychological Operation I Call The COVID-OP$1984 $camdemic Which Is An Operation In Fear And Control . . .

cechas vodobenikov
cechas vodobenikov
3 months ago

a huxleyan satirist? amerikans are already narcotized, stupefied….

Steve Glynn
Steve Glynn
3 months ago

Soma anyone?

Fish Deep
Fish Deep
3 months ago

And all the PhD’s (Piled higher & Deeper) are the most stupefied.

Mr. Evans
Mr. Evans
3 months ago

They Are Almost Completely Dumbed Down Into Irrational Children Which Which Us By Design . . . ;-0

Randy
Randy
3 months ago

Spoken like a the true Communist “proferssor” that he is. “Well its for the public good you know.” Side effects of mass medicating the population? Who cares…….it’s for the public good to follow every single illegal mandate and edict that our rulers cast upon us no matter how unscientific and illogical they are. Personal liberty and informed consent? Sorry none of that for you Americans!

Yes hydrofluorosilcic acid in the public water supplies has worked out just great! Shoot let’s add aspirin, a statin, an anti-hypertensive and an anti-depressant while we’re at it!

Anyone advocating masks, social distancing and lock downs is an idiot. There is ZERO evidence they help and plenty of research they are destroying lives and making more people sick. For a mild flu that is easily prevented and cured with over 15 now documented nutrients and drugs……..no vaccine is needed for such a mild easily treatable illness.

BADGER BADGERISM (GRANDWORLDDR
BADGER BADGERISM (GRANDWORLDDR
3 months ago

That is declaring war on the People
WE GOT SOMETHING FOR THAT..

Donna Dixon
Donna Dixon
3 months ago
Wayne Daves
Wayne Daves
3 months ago

It’s hilarious he doesn’t see he is quintessential HITLER/Nazi. he thinks he’s being smarter than everyone but this is predictive programming, not meant to be taken seriously on the level.

don sheets
don sheets
3 months ago

Is this what really passes for “Ethics”. When the Ulcerated Rectal Pores started putting squaline oil into bio weapons( also known as Vaccines) so the antibodies produced would start attacking the myelln sheath surrounding our nerves and presto you now have a autoimmune disease. Now i guess we get find out what horrors are produced when antibodies attack our viruses(exosomes). Stupid mask wearers should study op on exosomes. The deviants and perverts following satan
need to be exposed given a fair trial(you know like Gen. Flynn got?) And then sent off to satan.

Sink Chicken
Sink Chicken
3 months ago

Brave new world?

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Afshin Nejat
3 months ago

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The Great Gazoo
The Great Gazoo
3 months ago

CVHOAX.COM
Take  Off  Your  Mask  And  Get  Off  Your  Knees  !    COVID-19 IS FAKE  !

Unquestioning Gullibility And Obedient Compliance
Are Unbecoming Of A Patriot  ! 

FACT :   Thousands of highly credible and qualified doctors and scientists from around the world are adamantly insisting that Covid-19 is either completely fake or practically harmless and are being deliberately and systematically censored by the Mainstream Media and governments.     ( numbers correspond to links in CVHOAX.COM )                                                                  2,3,7,8,9,11,14,17,33,34,35,36,40,44,55,59,60,61,62,63,69,76,80,82.83,86,90,104,147,
157.

FACT :   Covid-19 has never been scientifically proven to exist as it has not met any of the four criteria of Koch’s Postulate which is known as the Gold Standard of proof of a virus’s existence. The scientific study of germs is known as Germ Theory because it’s a THEORY !  Germs have never been proven to exist yet have been used to sell vaccines for over a hundred years.  Exosome Theory is far more plausible.  If you don’t know what Koch’s Postulate and Exosomes are then you’re not as smart or as well informed as you thought you were. This is an opportune time to drop your know it all attitude and open your ears.  (157 !!!)
4,5,6,10,11,13,16,17,32,37,43,49,73,78,79,86,87,94,110,111,112,115,116,117,118,
136,137,138,143,145,147.

FACT :   The creator of the PCR Test used to detect Covid-19 said it was never intended to detect any virus.  Every Covid-19 death was caused by something else and falsely attributed to Covid-19. Do you believe hospitals would be tempted to claim that a patient who died of the Flu had instead died of Covid-19 if the Government gave them $50,000.00 to say so ?       ( 157 !!! )      12,23,24,29,40,94,103,120,122,130,135.    9,16,17,27,56,88,89,96,117,118,129,143.          21,25,30,67,68,72,84,150,151.   37.

FACT :   Wearing a mask is utterly ineffective at blocking a virus. A virus can pass through a mask as easily as swimming under the Golden Gate Bridge. Prolonged mask wearing causes brain damage and respiratory illnesses. The first step to overcoming your mask fetish is to admit you have one. Do you wear your mask in your vehicle or outdoors when no one is near you ?  Until recently it was common knowledge that hand sanitizing inhibits one’s immune system while exposure to dirt and filth strengthens one’s immune system.  40,57,59,70,71,78,79,87,95,101,102,132,139.140.

FACT :   The Covid-19 ‘pandemic’ was planned years in advance and has been surreptitiously introduced into the public consciousness through popular culture. Many news articles reporting on Covid-19 are bizarrely coded with strange numbers.   19,20,38,42,46,47,48,52,53,54,56,77,121.         22,39,47,48,52,156.

FACT :   Unconstitutional and criminal lockdown laws are destroying your freedom and your economic livelihood and your future.  Unconstitutional and criminal lockdown laws are causing the starvation deaths of millions of people in poor countries and soon in formerly wealthy countries. Is it wise to inject yourself with a drug falsely labeled as a vaccine, designed to alter your DNA and sterilize you, to prevent a virus that has never been scientifically proven to exist ? Is it wise for the U.S. Military personnel to be injected with this ‘vaccine’ ?  A perfect analogy to comprehend the social dynamic surrounding the public’s enthusiastic willingness to embrace the Covid-19 narrative without question can be seen in the video Titled “Key & Peele, Pegasus Sighting”.  Simply change the word “Pegasus” to “Covid-19”.  Orson Welles’ War Of The Worlds broadcast also comes to mind. Throughout history rulers have used human being’s deep desire to feel like they’re contributing to the greater good to manipulate the public to act against their own best interests.  “A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.” – Napoleon Bonaparte.   The Emperor wears no clothes.                         Educate yourself or perish.           105,126,127,146,149,154,155.      18,50,51,65,74,75,85,92,100,106,107,108,113,114,119,128,134,149,152,153,158,159,160,161.

FACT :   Lawsuits are currently being pursued against governments and other players that deceived the public to accept unconstitutional and criminal lockdown laws based on a fraudulent test to detect the nonexistent Covid-19.    58,59,64,91,124,131,141.

SEE THE PROOF AT:   CVHOAX.COM .

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3 months ago

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Dennis Morrisseau
3 months ago

You’re certainly PRACTICING in the right state, under the right Governor, to be advocating
something as stupid and totalitarian as this…….You’re ignorant. Will Gretchen be pleased?

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