The Cons of Using Science to Alter Intelligence

In Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes, doctors/scientists perform a fictional surgery on someone who has a low level of intelligence to make him smarter. This is fictional, but is it possible to alter someone's intelligence through science? And if so, should science be used for this purpose? No, it shouldn't, and there are many reasons why.

In the story, the patient that had this fictional procedure did get smarter. But after a while, the effects wore off and his intelligence was decreased. That's one reason: Using drugs or science to increase intelligence could be dangerous because scientists have not finished their work. One article from the University of Louisiana at Monroe states, "The FDA has not approved most of these drugs." They are talking about the drugs today that are supposed to alter your mental state, increasing your problem solving, clarity, etc. This proves that you can't trust them yet, not until scientist do a lot more work and research. Here is a great video explaining how altering intelligence is actually possible through changing your DNA, and how this would affect the future.

Altering intelligence is also not fair to people who have spent years learning and studying to become smart. Here is another quote that shows how these brain altering drugs are being used in schools: "At the other extreme, there are those who may rely on memory-enhancing drugs because they had left their revisions too late or spent too much time partying and not put in the work necessary for success. For whatever reason, more students are resorting to “smart drugs” in order to pass their examinations." Using "smart drugs" to pass a test is wrong. Think about how students that spent hours studying would feel. But what would you do? Spend hours studying for a test or taking a pill and knowing all of the information?