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We don’t trust North Korea, they don’t trust us. Here’s how to fix that using chemical weapons… ish.

That is your brain. Ok, it’s a picture I got from Google Images using “brain” as a search term. Remember when people had to draw whatever they wanted to see a picture of??

Deep in the center of your brain sits a tiny little man operating a complicated set of levers that control your every move. This man is a metaphor, of course, for the ‘master gland’ of the body, more formally known as the pituitary gland. And ‘controls everything’ is a metaphor for works on some stuff.

This pea-sized master gland releases chemicals that tell other, lesser glands what to do. Pituitary is CEO of the endocrine system, answering to NOBODY. Except hypothalamus, but he works in a different department on a different floor.

One of the magical substances released by the pituitary gland is oxytocin, a molecule that plays an influential role in social relationships. In fact, oxytocin is a key ingredient of trust. For instance, one study found that during a laboratory game, people given a sniff of oxytocin (instead of a placebo) were more likely to trust strangers with their money. Strangers!

Most interesting of all, that study was published eight years ago! Almost a decade has gone by and no one seems to be talking about this clear solution to the foreign policy problems with North Korea, the Middle East, and anyone else who has ever been pitted ‘them’ in the enduring us vs. them.

The point: Bomb everyone with oxytocin.

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has a Ph.D. in Psychology and enjoys writing in the third person.



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