Wednesday Wisdom: A Bioethicist’s Perspective on Cognitive Enhancement

Ross Anderson, a senior editor for The Atlantic, spoke with Allen Buchanan, a bioethicist, in a lengthy interview about cognitive enhancement and its ethical implications. Buchanan argues that those who have developed a negative view of cognitive enhancers are maintaining a “pre-Darwinian view about human nature.” He critiques the most common assumptions society has developed, while arguing that human enhancement is for the better; human beings have design flaws and it’s in our nature to want to improve ourselves. Buchanan believes that cognitive enhancers are the next step in the evolution of humanity’s cognitive potential. Current enhancers range from high-tech neurostimulation procedures such as Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (TDCS), to oft-abused prescription drugs, to alternative products that afford less risk such as Mental Mojo.

If you’re interested in reading more about Buchanan’s ethical stance on cognitive enhancement, check out the article here.

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