Flowers for Algernon Debate
Drugs that can make you smarter. Yes? I think yes. For years nuero scientists have been trying to estimate peoples intelligence on IQ tests. No longer would they have to use these tests if they could somehow find a way to access their full potential in intelligence. Who wouldn't want to be a genius? According to Theodore Berger “‘Experiments show how a silicon chip externally connected to rat and monkey brains by electrodes can process information just like actual neurons. “We’re not putting individual memories back into the brain,’ he says. ‘We’re putting in the capacity to generate memories.’” So, if this is true it shouldn’t affect the recipient of this technology’s personality very much, it would just help them be able to learn and retain more information. And who wouldn’t want to be able to do this? It would be able to help so many people become creative, and active members in society, and it could potentially boost the economy because more people could get jobs that were previously considered disabled."
This is just one of the few people who have researched and spoke out about how this could potentially change the way people look at intelligence and change the world forever. Studying drugs that could potentially boost our intelligence is opening up other areas where were discovering other things that could treat other diseases also. "We've discovered a way to potentially boost cognition," says Dena Dubal, one of the study's authors who does research on aging and the brain at the University of California, San Francisco. And that could mean "a very new way to treat diseases," ranging from Alzheimer's to schizophrenia, she says. This hormone they're studying is called Klotho. "Those that carried the genetic variant that increased their Klotho levels showed better cognitive performance across the lifespan," Dubal says. At any given age, people with lots of Klotho scored higher on tests of learning and memory, language and attention, she says.
This is just the beginning to a new era for our generation. If everyone was able to access all their intelligence who knows what major improvments that we could make to the world. “Multiply that extra brain power by the 7 billion members of the human race,” the article continues, “and the benefits to society and the pursuit of knowledge would soon start to add up." If we put time and money into researching this who knows what could be waiting. In the process we would be also making it a safe and wide spread enough so that people who need it can access it.