Smart Drugs Could Be Impairing The Brains Of Young People

It's estimated that over a million students in the U.S. misuse prescription drugs and stimulants to boost their attention span, memory, and alertness. But a new study suggests some of these drugs are detrimental to developing brains, causing long-term impairments to cognitive function. » 5/15/14 1:40pm 5/15/14 1:40pm

Is human super-intelligence a bad idea?

Advocates of human enhancement often say that we ought to increase our intelligence as a species. But the consequences of actually doing this have never fully been explored. An excessive amount of intelligence might actually prove to be a bad thing — and a distraction from what really matters. » 7/10/13 1:11pm 7/10/13 1:11pm

Humans With Amplified Intelligence Could Be More Powerful Than AI

With much of our attention focused the rise of advanced artificial intelligence, few consider the potential for radically amplified human intelligence (IA). It’s an open question as to which will come first, but a technologically boosted brain could be just as powerful — and just as dangerous – as AI. » 5/22/13 11:26am 5/22/13 11:26am

Is it time we got over the taboo against human enhancement?

Slate writer Will Oremus has put together a fairly revealing article about how easy it’s becoming to supercharge our brains, prompting him to wonder why there’s still so much push-back against the idea of technologically enhancing ourselves. » 4/02/13 2:27pm 4/02/13 2:27pm

Is China selectively breeding a new generation of genius babies?

There's a provocative and somewhat disturbing article over at Vice about China's recent foray into genetics and the country's unabashed attempt to boost the collective IQ of its citizens. In it, Aleks Eror interviews NYU evolutionary psychologist Geoffrey Miller, who donated DNA to help a Chinese biotech firm… » 3/18/13 12:20pm 3/18/13 12:20pm

10 supplements you can take today to enhance your intelligence

One day, we may be able to make ourselves superintelligent with futuristic biotechnology. We're not there yet, but for the impatient among us there are still some things we can do to give us that little extra bit of brain power. By supplementing with so-called 'nootropics,' you may not become the next Stephen… » 11/23/12 10:02am 11/23/12 10:02am

Why you're probably not as rational as you think you are — and what you…

When it comes to self-improvement, few people consider their reasoning skills. Most of us simply assume - and take for granted - that under most circumstances, we formulate perfectly rational opinions. But according to an emerging subculture of rationality gurus, there's still plenty of room for improvement. They… » 11/02/12 11:00am 11/02/12 11:00am

Omega-3 supplements can boost cognitive performance

Scientists have suspected for some time that Omega-3 fatty acids — a common compound found in fish oil, grass-fed livestock, walnuts, flaxseeds, and beans — has a beneficial effect on brain health (including positive effects on cognition, behavior, and mood). And in fact, it's becoming increasingly used as a dietary… » 10/29/12 11:18am 10/29/12 11:18am

Could a single pill make you fearless?

Researchers at Duke University and the National Institutes of Health have developed an experimental drug that calms the fears of anxious mice. They also believe that the exact same changes in brain chemistry could work on humans — a discovery that could lead to a "courage pill." But would we want to live in a world… » 6/13/12 11:26am 6/13/12 11:26am

Are ‘cognitive enhancers’ messing up the minds of high school students?

It's well known that cognitive enhancers like Ritalin and Adderall are all the rage in U.S. colleges. But what's less known is how the practice is starting to take off in high schools. As a recent New York Times article notes, this is potentially worrisome — and not just because of the rampant off-label use of these… » 6/11/12 4:20pm 6/11/12 4:20pm

Do Americans Need Ritalin To Stay Ahead In The Global Economy?

Futurist Jamais Cascio has a terrific new essay about arguments over cognitive enhancement drugs like Ritalin and Provigil. He asks whether people will stop objecting to the drugs when jobs are at stake. Cascio says:
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Which Cognitive Enhancers Should Be Legal?

Many scientists are coming out in favor of making it legal for people to use "cognitive enhancers," drugs that make us more productive workers by increasing attention spans, aiding memory, and making us more alert. Over the weekend, a group of prominent researchers published an op-ed in Nature outlining how to make… » 12/09/08 3:12pm 12/09/08 3:12pm