The ethics of using smart drugs to boost performance

Using smart drugs to boost performance is not without its ethical issues. While some may claim that it’s cheating to take a substance to outcompete others, others will say that there’s actually a moral imperative to do so in some professions; say, in biomedical research or space exploration, where peak performance can benefit humanity in[…]

Choosing a smart drug: LSD vs. modafinil

An article in The Guardian claimed that modafinil (marketed as Provigil) is the world’s safest smart drug (1). A systematic review published in European Neuropsychopharmacology found that modafinil does in fact enhance cognition, and it is safe in the short-term, with few side-effects and no addictive properties (2). This drug – available on the NHS as a[…]

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