To say “people love coffee” is a little like saying “people love sex.” In fact, going by the numbers — two billion cups of coffee drunk per day vs. slightly fewer fornications — people may like coffee more than sex.
I was the Cognitive-Enhancement Wild Man, the one whom the conservative members of the KCRW audience were giving dirty looks through their radios, while I waved my pom-poms for these so-called smart drugs.
I decided I wanted Smart Drug Smarts to create products of its own — things that I wanted, I would use, I would trust, and I could fully endorse — from the standpoint of sound science, and also of safe, rigorously-tested manufacturing processes.
You, me, and everyone we know, falls under this impending, theoretical threat. Even those of us who are using cognitive enhancers (those currently available) — we’re still a part of the “home team,” compared to those upgraded rascals from 2020, or 2030, or 2045, and whatever brain-enhancers they’re using to eventually disenfranchise the biological “normals.”
How would you feel if Pfizer or Dow Chemicals or Merck invented a substance that could chill out the police a bit? Not impair them functionally, but change their minds, maybe change the way they see the world… And reduce their impulse toward violence.
Alexander was an amazing guy who truncated his own epoch-making career for the love of one too many tankards of unwatered Grecian wine. If the author’s propositions are correct – and he paints a darned compelling picture – isn’t it worth considering the moral of the life of one of the most venerated humans in all world history?