Smart Drugs: Better Brains or The New Doping Scandal?

There's a whole new suite of "cognitive enhancement" drugs out there. In many cases, they've been designed to address the difficulties of people with conditions such as Alzheimers, or ADHD. But they're also being used by people to get peak mental performace. Some university students take Ritalin to stay focused and pull all-nighters.

As drugs and treatments emerge to improve human performance, is the line between 'treatment' and 'enhancement' blurring? Would you take pills if you thought they would improve your memory, focus, or alertness without side effects? If most people in your workplace took them, would you feel pressured to do so too?

 

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