MIT Finds Cure for Fear

Submitted by: buddy 9 years ago Science
http://pressesc.com/01184528191_cure_for_fear

I have a feeling this is going to lead to a very, very popular drug.
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Male 591
Personally I think its good idea.

You have to realize fear is good, but it can also inhibit you from doing things that aren`t really dangerous. In extreme chances if your unlucky they are.

Because you have no fear, doesn`t mean you will become instantly stupid. Such as, people are afraid of guns and people shooting them. Ok, we remove that fear, you still know "Someone shooting a gun at me = death" But because you have no fear syndrome, you can actively think without being inhibited and make a smarter decision on how to react and get away. It does not mean your going to charge face first into the guy to stop him.

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Male 2,005
hurray!!!finally a way to get rid of my worse fear! THE TERRIFYING MAKE-UP!!!!!
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Female 239
I wonder what the side effects are, but other than that, it can`t be that bad unless people start screwing around with it. This stuff is supposed to only remedy memories associated with fear rather than the fear itself. So no painful and traumatic past to recall = no painful and traumatic past to fear...or something like that. Would probably be pretty useful for crippling fears.
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Male 315
sounds good, I bet there are tons of side effects on humans tho!
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Male 3
Actually, that was not sarcasm. Sorry if you took that wrong. Out of all the comments yours was the only one to show that you actually read the article. Everyone else I can tell read the first 2 paragraphs, became alarmed, then commented away without having any idea what they were commenting on.
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Male 87
-.- sarcasm is not your strong point mjboone. And if we start insulting eachother this thread will just turn into another flamewar like all the other Imbored comment threads.
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Male 3
wow, blipflip, you are the first person to realize that. Actually, it is a cure for learned anything.
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Male 87
I just realised something : none of us read the article enough. It`s a cure for LEARNED fear. So we`d still be afraid of things that we should be afraid of IE; this would not turn soldiers into "robots" ( HM7380 ). But it would help those with mental conditions for whom fear is a basic part of life.

"Remarkably, inhibiting Cdk5 facilitated extinction of learned fear in mice,"

I don`t think there`s actually that much to worry about.

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Female 1,984
That`s kind of neat. But isn`t fear necessary? It`s another emotion of ours. We have it because it`s important. Such as the "fight or flight" reaction when in the face of danger.
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Female 26
This better be tightly regulated. It looks one of those thing that`s such a fantastic idea, but than blows up in everybody`s face. Like the atom bomb, or DDT.
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Male 1,406
Always wonder how far we can go into changing a person - if we have enough control over a brain, we can do anything.
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Male 15
blah blah blah my dad`s a scientist, blah blah I have 62 degrees in blah and I can tell you for certain that blah blah blah.

Morons.

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Male 96
I hope they get it on the market soon....or my crippling social anxiety shall get the best of me.
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Male 1,704
people need fear tho.
as long as its used moderately.
which i dont think it will be.
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Female 1,832
I would only use this so I could go on roller coasters. All my friends and family have all the fun while I sit around and wait *sigh*
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Female 1,470
Why dont they cure something more useful like cancer?
Waste of time and money for something that doesnt need curing...unless ur stupid and afraid of balloons and pickles like some people
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Male 358
I think Id hit that drug.
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Male 2,781
FEAR ME!!! RAWR!!!
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Female 1,002
Like good old Steve Irwin said,"Fear keeps us alive."
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Male 3
Ok Ok Ok. I am working on my degree in neuropsychology and have know about this stuff for a while now. This stuff will not make you fearless by any means. It is not dangerous and if it got into the wrong hands almost nothing would happen. It is not a drug that gives you some kind of high where you would think you are invincible. Not even close. This is a protien destabilizer that prevents memories from forming and takes away the emotional content from a memory if the drug is taken while recalling a emotional memory. If people abused it they would just forget what they did while they were on it, but they wouldnt do anything out of the ordinary for themselves anyway. The person who wrote this article should have picked a better title. One that isnt incredibly misleading. Either that or they should leave the neuroscience to neuroscientists.
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Female 222
Ironically, this sounds really really scary.
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Female 94
A small amount of people might find some of this and overdose and then that`s when teh thigns start to happen but if you read this clearly-- it`s quite a great discovery and find.

This can help those with life-affecting phobias and horriable pasts. And those that are back from duty in the military that have been severely and mentally affected permenantly.

So this is a good thing if used correctly and if it doesn`t get out of control.

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Male 2,720
Now if they could just find a cure for my gigantically endowed twig & berries.
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Male 27
I do not see this drug killing people. I see people killing themselves and others. When someone really pushes you to your limits, what keeps you from bashing in their skull with the nearest blunt object? fear of prison, fear of consequences and fear of retribution. This will make the world a much more dangerous and unpredictable place when you don`t know what the person next to you will do to get something without fearing consequences.
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Male 556
what the hell...fear is a part of the human nature! it shouldnt be eliminated! pretty soon theyre going to start finding cures for all kinds of other emotions, until we are just a bunch of mindless zombies...i knew it...
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Male 425
Awesome.
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Female 2,552
Stupid. Fear is a part of life, you can`t deny it. It`s what makes life even more interesting and suspenseful. You guys can take it if you would like.
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Female 327
If its for fears such as ppl that are scared to leave there homes than yes its good and different illness of fear. But just cos your afraid to do certain things or of your boss than hell no.
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Male 549
I could see this stuff turning people into zombies. If thats the case im gonna start building up a shelter..
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Male 2,600
"Maybe next they could find a cure for apathy?"

Except that stand-alone apathy is not an affliction but rather just a different way of life. It`s only negative because you`re comparing it to its opposite, empathy.

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Male 87
Liquidglass: As I understand it, basic fears such as fear of pain are "hardwired" into the brain. The reason babies are so reckless is that they havn`t worked out what hurts yet. Adults have. But I don`t exactly have a degree in neuroscience, so I may be wrong about the type of fear it supresses. However since there are already many drugs that suppress basic inhibitions (Anybody heard of alcohol?) I doubt they would bother to report on or indeed make another.

This would have to be tightly regulated of course , but it could have tremendous potential in treating irrational fears.

They won`t be selling it over the counter, and since it doesn`t give a high I doubt that drug dealers will bother with it. The military won`t bother with it because a fearless soldier is a dead soldier.

Could some people please think before posting? I agree that this should not be made easily available; there`s no point complaining about that because it`s not going to happen.

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Male 376
I`m going to be able to walk on drating fire.
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Male 4,012
If this article is true, I`ll echo the other opinions here by saying that this will end up in lots of deaths.

Fear is what holds us back from doing dangerous and potentially fatal things. No fear - most likely death.

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Male 155
Or you can be like me and just be fearless
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Female 1,397
A drug like this already exists it`s called Cocaine.
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Male 1,111
i`m not afraid to jump off a cliff now, no one is.

it`s the falling and dying part that people are scared of lol.

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Male 11
I don`t think anyone who doesn`t have to cope with irrational fears in their everyday life has a right to put this down. The article implied that this drug eliminates fears you`ve already gotten, not basic fears such as don`t jump off a cliff.

But I agree this would have to be very heavily restricted.

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Male 625
got to be fake
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Female 432
The new LSD!

This will lead to Darwinism at its finest!

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Male 97
ppl will abuse this stuff, and not just use it for severe phobias that affect their life. but fear is a good thing, it has the same purpose as pain, and yet some ppl are dumb enough to think that they could live normally without either.
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Male 1,111
bajatar: well everything is good until someone abuses it, tobacco is great on bee stings, but people add chemicals and smoke it. Food is good for you, but people abuse it.

blipflip. Who`s to say what fears we learn? When you`re small you`ll touch a stove because you`re curious about it unless your parents tell you "no! hot!" so tech. every fear is learned. That`s why little kids are so reckless with themselves because they`re not scared.

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Male 332
From what I read, this just helps you overcome the fears you already have. Read the thing about the mice and the electric shocks near the end. They only stopped being afraid after being exposed to the same environment but seeing that it`s safe.
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Male 200
theres also other good things to help with fear.

i think most drugs make you do things you wouldnt normally do because your afraid of doing them?

afraid to walk up to a guy 10 times bigger then you and punch him? well... get drunk on alcohol, thatll solve that.

afraid to jump out of the window because your scared youll fall to your death? no problem! some LSD will make you believe you can fly and falling is not a problem.

catch my drift?

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Male 536
wow this drug is gonna seriously annoy ghost train operators.
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Male 87
I just realised something : none of us read the article enough. It`s a cure for LEARNED fear. So we`d still be afraid of things that we should be afraid of IE; this would not turn soldiers into "robots" ( HM7380 ). But it would help those with mental conditions for whom fear is a basic part of life.

"Remarkably, inhibiting Cdk5 facilitated extinction of learned fear in mice,"

I don`t think there`s actually that much to worry about.

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Male 87
This drug would have to have some very very tight restrictions. Certainly it could help those with mental conditions or a terrible past, but it sounds like a drug with abuse possiblities.

I`m not worried about the military though. Fear is what keeps them safe, keeps them alert, and keeps them behind cover. Without fear, they would quite likely walk slowly towards the enemy shooting in their general direction on open ground.

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Female 345
The sad thing is no matter how remotely helpful this might be to a very small minority of people some will abuse it. Especially the military is a sure candidate for immoral abuse.

"Its might remove fear but doesnt remove common sense"

In some country [sic ;)] the common soldier isn`t particularly known for his intelligence.

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Male 3,255
Pfft, id never need it...

j\k heh

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Male 1,111
but what develops common sense? Except past experiences that teach you how to react.

Just like anything it`s good in doses, but too much is bad.

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Male 1,072
Its might remove fear but doesnt remove common sense
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Male 994
Something tells me people are going to start overdosing.

Think about it, all someone has to say it "I bet you`re not brave enough to eat more of these than me!"

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Female 878
Why can I picture this killing a lot of people?
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Female 160
whether it`s a good thing or not, this is a pretty amazing find
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Female 761
I skipped over reading the chemical jibjab. People need to be afraid, it`s a healthy thing, but if they`re constantly anxious they may need a drug to make them feel invincible for day-to-day stuff. But still, we don`t need to be coming up with drugs for everything.
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Male 1,111
Some things are good to be scared of, but the majority of people all have irrational fears. Even if it`s their scared to stand out and not fit in by doing something original. If people can retain their normal emotions and personalities (sans the irrational fear) I think it`s a fine drug and it will help tons of people.
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Male 1,111
Different clans of people, a tribe in Africa I`m thinking of specificly did this for years by brainwashing (military) and then cutting a small hole into the skin of the forehead (not all the way in, just a hole) then putting a coccaine mixture in and covering it before battle.
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Female 986
:O neat Though I would hope common sense would stay not being so paranoid all the time would be nice :D
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Male 270
Fearing nothing gets us killed because fear is what keeps us from natural danger. It`s like being able to turn off pain.
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Male 233
^^^agreed, this could totally mess everyone up. how about the government "secretly" places this is our soldiers food, suddenly we have them volunteering for missions they wouldnt normally (anyone read the Halo: Ghosts of Onyx?) its not right, plus ur gunna have alot more accidental deaths
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Female 302
That can`t be good. =/
Fear is normal. Not a sickness or anything...
I mean, I can understand if they`re so scared they can`t leave the house for some reason, like if they have a fear of people or something. But if it`s being scared of a spider then don`t take medicine for that. >_> It`s good to be scared of things you`re supposed to be scared of.
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Male 227
ya, next crazy soldiers ar goina take loads of this stuff and then go fight.
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Female 150
This is SO F`N WRONG! It`s a natural biological response to feel fear... Are we trying to engineer effin robot humans who feel nothing?!? F^^K the government and MIT. They`re obviously idiots.
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Female 37
Idiot.^
If this cured my fear, wouldn`t that mean I could jump off a cliff into a fiery pit of lava without a parachute?
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Female 307
Maybe next they could find a cure for apathy?
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Male 10,115
Link: MIT Finds Cure for Fear [Rate Link] - I have a feeling this is going to lead to a very, very popular drug.
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