Regarding brain doping

You might have heard that the latest fashion is brain doping. In a world where the most intelligent or best performing employees get the most benefits, it appears to be “wise” for some people to dope themselves to equally compete in the workplace. The reason this is not illegal (yet), it’s because these pills are prescription medication and there are no conclusive studies (yet) if they are truly harmful or not.

I am personally a purist when it comes to medicating oneself, so I dislike drugs in general. However, I can understand people wanting to perform better. That’s how our competitive society is built. So I can’t hold this against them, although I am concerned that doping the brain is the same as over-clocking your CPU. Eventually, it will crash, except if your brain is actually built by mother nature in a way that can handle this pressure.

However, I gotta say that it doesn’t make sense to dope humans forever. Instead, allow some gene manipulation so the next generations are by default more intelligent than us. When we have the technology for something like this, of course.

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Ivan wrote on December 26th, 2007 at 11:35 PM PST:

Doping the brain (and drugs in general) I consider to be extremely dangerous for the brain in the long run. So is drinking alcohol excessively, btw.
Genetic manipulation of human beings is even more dangerous. If you want to see a real good movie about this, the you must watch Code 46, a very recent Scifi movie.


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Eugenia wrote on December 26th, 2007 at 11:41 PM PST:

I blogged about genetic engineering last year, and while it’s dangerous, it can also be species-saving.


Ivan wrote on December 27th, 2007 at 11:30 AM PST:

In Code 46, the main stream of thought is the following: if genetic enginering is allowed on humans for an extended period of time, the result will be that a large percentage of humans will share considerable chunks of dna. Therefore, to prevent ‘incest’, a couple with a childwish must be screened: the government will screen their dna and will decide if it is safe for them to have offspring. The state has become a totalitarian institution showing no respect for personal freedom (or privacy) for that matter. Link: http://www.code46movie.net/


Ivan wrote on December 27th, 2007 at 11:33 AM PST:

From wikipedia/Code 46
Code 46

Article 1

Any human being who shares the same nuclear gene set as another human being is deemed to be genetically identical. The relations of one are the relations of all.

Due to IVF, DI embryo splitting and cloning techniques it is necessary to prevent any accidental or deliberate genetically incestuous reproduction.

Therefore:

I. All prospective parents should be genetically screened before conception. If they have 100%, 50% or 25% genetic identity they are not permitted to conceive

II. If the pregnancy is unplanned, the foetus must be screened. Any pregnancy resulting from 100%, 50% or 25% genetically related parents must be terminated immediately

III. If the parents were ignorant of their genetic relationship then medical intervention is authorized to prevent any further breach of Code 46

IV. If the parents knew they were genetically related prior to conception it is a criminal breach of Code 46.


Jacob Munoz wrote on December 28th, 2007 at 8:26 AM PST:

It really depends on what you’re taking. If you’re loading yourself with herbs and extracts, meh – it’s natural enough. Sure we don’t naturally consume concentrated vitamins in the wild – but we didn’t eat Hot Pockets in the wild either. So natural meds are perfectly fine with me – it’s the overly-engineered stuff I’m wary of. If the chemical has been patented – it’s probably not good for you. Now obviously caffiene and other targeted extracts like that can be bad for you – but just listen to your body, it knows best.


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