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Brain Gain – The Underground World of “Neuroenhancing” Drugs

In depth New Yorker article about people using “neuroenhancers” such as Provigil, Aderall, and others to have a competitive edge. Ivy league college students around America have been taking so called brain steriods to “cheat” (or handle better) their tough academic schedules. It deals with the ethical questions it raises, the known or mostly unknown possible side effects, and really… people that are possibly addicted to drugs. From the article:

Unlike many hypothetical scenarios that bioethicists worry about—human clones, “designer babies”—cognitive enhancement is already in full swing. Even if today’s smart drugs aren’t as powerful as such drugs may someday be, there are plenty of questions that need to be asked about them. How much do they actually help? Are they potentially harmful or addictive? Then, there’s the question of what we mean by “smarter.” Could enhancing one kind of thinking exact a toll on others? All these questions need proper scientific answers, but for now much of the discussion is taking place furtively, among the increasing number of Americans who are performing daily experiments on their own brains.