The LA Times is running an article today on new drugs that will change the way we think. By extension, the Times speculates, they may change who we are. Largely funded by the U.S. military, new drugs are being developed to dramatically increase mental acuity. Among the military’s goals: a drug that will enable soldiers to remain active and alert an entire week.
In regard to the impact in schools, “some students think they have no choice [but to take mind enhancing drugs]. ‘You figure you’re being compared to people who are on Ritalin,’ said one Los Angeles student who frequents [an Internet chat site] and recently asked a relative to supply the drug. ‘I just figured it would be more fair if you’re on the same level.’“