Re: Risk, Reward, and Human Enhancement

From: Bryan Bishop (
Date: Wed Jan 02 2008 - 22:34:07 MST

On Wednesday 02 January 2008, Daniel Burfoot wrote:
> The question for transhumanists then is: do we start taking the
> drugs? Ultimately the only way to discover if the drugs work for real
> people in the real world is for lots of people to ... take these mind
> enhancement drugs, though usually in secret.

The Shulgin phikal story seems to be an excellent example. From what I
can tell, Shulgin became a biochemist and started experimenting with
nootropics in the 1970s, meticulously recording experiences and results
starting with the smallest of dosages of each of his synthesized
compounds. Frankly, you have to be smart to not kill yourself.
Nootropical experimentalism is *not* for everyone.

- Bryan
Bryan Bishop

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