Friday, November 09, 2007

A cure for Neoconism?

Fear may be linked to the sense of smell, and can be switched off simply by shutting down certain receptors in the brain, Japanese scientists have found.

In an experiment with mice, the researchers identified and removed certain receptors on the olfactory bulb of their brains -- and the result was a batch of fearless rodents.

To prove their point, the scientists showed pictures of a brown mouse within an inch of a cat, sniffing up its ear, kissing it and playing with its predator's collar.

In the second phase of the experiment, which remains highly classified, the same treatment was temporarily applied to former NY mayor Rudolf Giuliani. The researchers reported that for the 48 hours immediately subsequent to the treatment, the frequency with which Giuliani said "9/11" decreased from an average of twelve times per hour to only once per day.


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