Monday, December 05, 2005

Smart Drugs, Nootropics

One of's Customers, Kristen, was kind enough to share an awesome article from Scientific American with me this morning. Thanks Kristen!

If you would enjoy a fairly deep exploration of the future of intelligence enhancement, and some of the philosophical and ethical issues surrounding it, you should click the link above.

My favorite is the very last paragraph:

"Whatever happens, we can be sure that cognitive enhancement drugs will be developed and that they will be used and misused. But just as most people do not choose to alter their mood with Prozac and just as we all reorient our lives in the face of unending opportunities to change our sense of normal, our society will absorb new memory drugs according to each individual's underlying philosophy and sense of self. Self-regulation will occur. The few people who desire altered states will find the means, and those who do not want to alter their sense of who they are will ignore the drug potions. The government should stay out of it, letting our own ethical and moral sense guide us through the new enhancement landscape."