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More bad science at the movies

OK I got warmed up with CSI, now lets go for a feature film


I have to admit I liked it when I saw it when I was a student. But the biology is all wrong.

The intergalactic drug dealer goes around giving humans injections of heroin and then he harvests their endorphins. The only problem I see is that endorphins are released in response to pain. The dose of heroin will numb most forms of pain so the endorphin production will be lowered.

I think that a better film in terms of science would be one where the alien doses the people up with naloxone before giving them one almighty beating. The naloxone will stop the brain’s endorphins from working so it is likely that the brain will make more endorphins. Also I suspect that a large dose of naloxone will make the beating hurt a lot more.

I suspect that an alien which beats people up after giving them doses of naloxone will earn the film a 18 certificate.


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