The Ethics of Cognitive Enhancement: Part 3

Go back to Part 1. Go back to Part 2. From the discussion in the last two parts of this series on the ethics of cognitive enhancement, we can draw three conclusions. The first is that we should allow all forms of cognitive alterations that aren’t lethal and don’t lead you to harm others. As … Continue reading The Ethics of Cognitive Enhancement: Part 3

The Ethics of Cognitive Enhancement: Part 2

Go back to Part 1.  In Part 1 of this series on the ethics of cognitive enhancement, I pointed out that it is not logical to deny people access to new methods of cognitive enhancement as they become available, because such methods would not be categorically different from methods of cognitive enhancement that are currently legal and … Continue reading The Ethics of Cognitive Enhancement: Part 2

The Ethics of Cognitive Enhancement: Part 1

"Smart drugs" like Adderall and Modafinil are just the beginning of the cognitive enhancement revolution. Though they were initially developed to alleviate the symptoms of cognitive disorders, these and similar drugs are increasingly being used by the cognitively healthy to boost memory, focus, and wakefulness over long periods of work. With the commercial use of … Continue reading The Ethics of Cognitive Enhancement: Part 1

Cognitive Astrobiology

So here's a cool combination of fields: neuroscience and astrobiology. Let's call it "cognitive astrobiology." What is cognitive astrobiology? It can take several forms. The first is figuring out how to communicate with extraterrestrial life. The SETI Institute, devoted to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, has a resident psychologist on board, Douglas Vakoch, whose job … Continue reading Cognitive Astrobiology