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Previous research had shown that the pain-killer works not only on physical pain, but also on psychological pain. However the new study takes those results one step further by showing that it also reduces how much users actually feel positive emotions. Dr Baldwin Way, assistant professor of psychology at Ohio State added: “Most people probably aren’t aware of how their emotions may be impacted when they take paracetamol. “People who took acetaminophen didn’t feel the same highs or lows as did the people who took placebos.”
Those who took the placebo rated their level of emotion relatively high, with an average score of 6.76, when they saw the most emotionally jarring photos of the malnourished child or the children with kittens.
People taking acetaminophen didn’t feel as much in either direction, reporting an average level of emotion of 5.85 when they saw the extreme photos.
...Hurt Wimmer intentionally avoided using futuristic technology that could become obsolete, and he also decided to set his story in an indeterminate future. The fascist architecture was chosen "to make the individual feel small and insignificant so the government seems more powerful"
"I wanted to create more of an alternate reality than get caught up in the gadgetry of science fiction," he explained. "In fact, there’s no technology in Equilibrium that doesn’t already exist. It’s more like a parallel universe, the perfect setting for a parable."
originally posted by: AhsoVaniva
Paracetamol kills feelings of pleasure as well as pain (Article from The Telegraph, April 14, 2015)
Anyway, I just wanted to throw that out here for discussion. The fictional "Prozium" already exists. And most people take it voluntarily. In the US it's more commonly known as acetaminophen. I've never been a fan of Tylenol and such. Perhaps my subconscious was warning me. :-)
Somewhat related past ATS threads:
Doctor Jones Knows Alzheimers Disease Cause but is Targetted
Connection between asthma and paracetamol
For more on the movie:
Equilibrium NOT a rip-off of the "Matrix" (ATS thread)
originally posted by: ketsuko
Yes, but Equilibrium gave us GUN KATA!
In all seriousness, TPTB wouldn't want us to live in an overly emotionless society. Emotion threatens to decouple you from your rational mind and your ability to reason and realize when you're being lied to and misled. At most, TPTB would want to erase emotion in their own, not the masses. Emotional cattle are incapable of mounting a reasoned, well thought out response.
Just pay attention to how many election appeals are made based on emotion alone, not actual attention to the details or implications of policy.
originally posted by: Bedlam
OTOH, some studies show that Tylenol can help a lot with PTSD issues. Odd as that might seem.