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MDMA Makes Octopuses Want to Mingle, Too

Troy Farah | July 26, 2018 5:05 pm09

This response to antisocial behavior shows the most promise.  Talk therapy plays a supportive role. A neuroscientist and a marine biologist got together and decided to give octopuses MDMA. It sounds like a joke, but it really happened, and the results reveal something unique about our neurocircuitry and human evolution Eric Edsinger is an octopus researcher at the University of Chicago who recently helped sequence the genome of Octopus bimaculoides—the California two-spot octopus. Like most octopuses, this color-changing cephalopod is asocial, meaning it likes to be alone most of the time, unless it’s trying to mate. But when given MDMA, a drug well known for boosting emotional empathy and prosocial behavior in humans (i.e. making you really, really want to fraternize), these octopuses also seemed to want to hang out with each other, even if they weren’t trying to find a mate. This is interesting not only because these octopuses don’t normally behav…

The radical moral implications of luck in human life

Acknowledging the role of luck is the secular equivalent of religious awakening. By David Robertsdavid@vox.comAug 21, 2018