View Full Version : Toward Brain Enhancing Drug Use by the Healthy


chartreuse
12-08-08, 02:13 PM
http://www.sanfranciscosentinel.com/?p=17865

In this article, we propose actions that will help society accept the benefits of enhancement, given appropriate research and evolved regulation. Prescription drugs are regulated as such not for their enhancing properties but primarily for considerations of safety and potential abuse. Still, cognitive enhancement has much to offer individuals and society, and a proper societal response will involve making enhancements available while managing their risks.

I have trouble imagining how, if this door is opened, the taking of these substances would remain truly voluntary. What company would not want its workers to be operating as efficiently as possible? Often things are called "voluntary," but are then required to actually be able to do anything in the world. How long would it take for the ingestion of stimulants or what have you to become a prerequisit listed right along with required typing speed and years of experience?

There is a bad trend developing, with some companies forbidding employees to smoke even at home, and others charging more for health insurance for employees who are overweight. This is on top of pre-employment drug screening, credit checks, psychological testing, and a host of other intrusions. We seem to be on the verge of world where your employer is allowed to dictate virtually every aspect of your life. How far can we really be from them not just declaring what you can't do, but what you HAVE to do?

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