Re: Risk, Reward, and Human Enhancement

From: Stathis Papaioannou (
Date: Thu Jan 03 2008 - 00:59:56 MST

On 03/01/2008, Bryan Bishop <> wrote:

> 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.

Mostly hallucinogens and stimulants rather than what is commonly
referred to as nootropics. It's an almost unique example of
systematic, rigorous research and self-experimentation in
psychopharmacology. Predictably, Shulgin was prosecuted by the US DEA
for his efforts.

Stathis Papaioannou

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