Re: Risk, Reward, and Human Enhancement

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Thu Jan 03 2008 - 10:27:52 MST

On Jan 2, 2008, at 8:37 PM, 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 use them. It
> seems likely that many of the early adopters of most of the drugs
> will hit some nasty side effects. But reporting and documenting
> those side effects will make it possible for everyone else to avoid
> them. And, maybe, after lots of trial and error we'll find the Right
> Stuff Drugs (tm) that really, really make humans smarter with
> negligible side effects. That's a big prize, if we can grab it.
> This question is becoming quite relevant and widely discussed.
> People are starting to take these mind enhancement drugs, though
> usually in secret. See the comments by Philip Campbell, editor-in-
> chief of Nature, here:

If I believed would give me a significant intelligence boost without
too many known risks and had a trustworthy supply I would certainly
take it. Would I be among the very first humans to take it?
Probably not, but not too far behind.

- samantha

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