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Spaceweaver Mon, Dec 14, 2009
An interesting background on changing attitudes regarding brain enhancing drugs. It seems some 'experts' cannot wait to use brain enhancing drugs themselves. While long term side effects are still unknown. Which shows how potent and beneficial such enhancements are considered.

From Scientific American Mind Nov-Dec 2009: What Does a Smart Brain Look Like? (p. 33)
If an effective IQ pill becomes available, are the societal and ethical issues the same as for performance-enhancing drugs in sports, or is there a moral imperative that more intelligence is always better than less? Apparently, many scientists agree with the latter. An online survey of 1427 scientists conducted in 2008 by nature found that 20 percent of respondents already use prescription drugs to enhance "concentration" rather than treatment of a medical conditon. Almost 70 percent of 1258 respondents who answered the question said they would be willing to risk mild side effects to "boost their brain power" by taking cognition enhancing drugs. Eighty percent of al scientists who responded - even those who did not use these drugs - defended the right of "healthy humans" to take them as work boosters, and more then half said their use should not be restricted, even for university entrance exams. More than third said that they would feel pressure to give their children such drugs if they knew other kids at school were also taking them. Few appear to favor the "ignorance is bliss position"

Intelligence is a critical resource for the development of civilization. As the global economy evolves and small countries compete with larger countries, assessing, developing and even enhancing intellectual talent may well become the neuroscience challenge for the 21st century.