Re: Re: Risk, Reward, and Human Enhancement

From: Rick Smith (
Date: Sat Jan 05 2008 - 08:26:34 MST

I'd wager the brain is hackable if you treat it as circuitry, but not if you treat it as soup.


From: Adam Safron <>
Date: 2008/01/05 Sat PM 02:35:26 GMT
Subject: Re: Risk, Reward, and Human Enhancement

Correction: The brain is most certainly hackable, in a variety of ways.
The point is, there isn't a drug in existence that we could expect to
massively increase intelligence, even in a small minority of people.
Can anyone think of a way of modifying the brain such that you get a
massive increase in intelligence?

On Jan 4, 2008, at 9:24 AM, Adam Safron wrote:
> Our brain did not evolve to be hackable and it certainly isn't
> hackable using such crude interventions (i.e. hijacking the brain's
> neuromodulatory systems).
> Best,
> Adam
> On Jan 4, 2008, at 8:23 AM, Stathis Papaioannou wrote:
>> On 04/01/2008, Robin Gane-McCalla <> wrote:
>>> Does anybody think that psychedelics might be the drug that acts
>>> randomly upon intelligence, either increasing it or decreasing it?
>>> Some people go crazy and others have great insights.
>> I know it is sometimes claimed that psychedelics provide artistic
>> inspiration, but I am not aware of any claims that they have brought
>> about significant scientific insights. I'd be happy to be
>> contradicted
>> if anyone knows of any trippy science stories.
>> --
>> Stathis Papaioannou

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