The underground world of “neuroenhancing” drugs
This article reminds me a lot of a friend I met during my first year of university. Incredibly smart and astute, he couldn’t be bothered with the way the educational paradigm works. He was only in university because of his parents after all. When he had papers due, one of two things happened; Didn’t bother and missed grades, or, he’d take some Adderall and do well. It wasn’t unusual to go to bed and he’d be writing a paper, waking up and he’d be on a different paper, then going and coming back from class and him being on yet another paper. The toll of course was the lack of sleep, which didn’t seem to get to him.
I’m extremely curious about the experience behind the drug. As the article points out, the way we’re all headed, it wouldn’t be surprising to see cognitive enhancers become mainstream within a few years. Although that in itself is extremely sad, it’s also somewhat beautiful. A society hooked on drugs to do work? Hah, that’s just poetic; Memento mori.