‘Morality pills’ may be the US’s best shot at ending the coronavirus pandemic, according to one ethicist


… When someone chooses not to follow public health guidelines around the coronavirus, they’re defecting from the public good

… might work, if defectors could be coerced into adhering to them

… Could a psychoactive pill be the solution to the pandemic?

… What if researchers developed and delivered a moral enhancer rather than an immunity enhancer?

… 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

… As some have argued, a solution would be to make moral enhancement compulsory or administer it secretly, perhaps via the water supply

… 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



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