"We should welcome new methods of improving our brain function. In a world in which human workspans and lifespans are increasing, cognitive enhancement tools — including the pharmacological — will be increasingly useful for improved quality of life and extended work productivity, as well as to stave off normal and pathological age-related cognitive declines23. Safe and effective cognitive enhancers will benefit both the individual and society."
So say a bunch of brain-adderalled psychiatrists, an ethicist, a couple of neuroscientists, etc. -- at least two of whom consult for or receive grants from "a number of pharmaceutical companies" -- in a "provocative commentary" in Nature magazine (see "Scientists back brain drugs for healthy people").
Well, if that makes sense, then let's first legalize marijuana is all I got to say on that!
When I was a college student, I didn't have no stinkin' adderall to help me pass exams. It was old-fashioned "all nighters" and nodoze that pulled me through! Today it's just caffeine delivered via coffee.
But I would never take a PRESCRIPTION pill developed by our stellar drug industry to enhance my brain power! After all, caffeine and marijuana have been around for a long, long time and we know the risk profile pretty well. Adderall, not so much!