Pandora’s drug box – brain enhancement

Here’s the scoop. The journal Nature published an article on Dec 7th about brain-enhancing drugs The seven authors called for  “the presumption that mentally competent adults should be able to engage in cognitive enhancement using drugs.  From assembly line workers to surgeons, many different kinds of employees may benefit from enhancement and want access to it…”


‘While thorny ethical and medical questions must be addressed, pharmaceutical enhancement of inborn mental gifts is a trend to be welcomed,” according to the seven co-authors from Harvard, Stanford and other prestigious institutions. (italics mine)

I saw a video of a doctor responding to the story. He focused on the positives until the interviewer asked, “OK. I get the advantages. But are these drugs safe?”  An extremely legitimate question since we are talking ridilan and the like. His answer was equally candid: “Safe?  No one’s talking about safe. Where would you get that idea?”   According to the doc, these kinds of drugs can cause everything from panic attacks to kidney failure.

But we’re entitled, aren’t we?  Let’s just open Pandora’s entitlement-filled box of drugs and pull out a soma pill or a brain enhancer. While we’re at it, let the pharmaceuticals buy or bully the opposition into silence or acquiesence.Meanwhile let fall behind the poor who can’t afford ridilin or the stupid luddites who won’t put that stuff into a healthy body.   As for the ‘priviliged’ ones, driven by a long-term sense of entitlement and a short-term view of brain enhancement, they can afford good health insurance. After staying on brain enhancers, they’ll need it, which willl be fine with the pharmaceutical companies. For them at least it’s a win-win, short and long-term. 

I’m not going near the ethical considerations. They’re so huge it would take a blog site rather than a blog post. I just want to ask. Where are the voices that say do it naturally and safely or don’t do it at all?  Is this where competition and science are leading us, and we’re okay with that?

I can’t be the only one. As someone who believes in harmony with, learning from, and even mimicing Nature this is one pill  you couldn’t pay me to swallow. Or to give to the next generation. 

May I suggest an alternative?  Before popping ridilin take a long-range perspective on your health and the health of the planet. Check outElephant Elixir. Or my August blog post on memory and brain enhancement – naturally. It’s not going to give you that grand ridilin speed rush.  All it will do is protect your brain cells and improve memory. And it’s safe enough to take for a lifetime.


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