from the urls-we-dig-up dept
The plot of the classic science fiction short story, Flowers for Algernon has been adapted into a wide range of other stories, TV shows and movies. Upgrading a person’s intelligence through some unnatural means provides a temporary fix — resulting in an addiction to intelligence augmentation (or other complications). In reality, some colleges are starting to deal with students abusing drugs meant to treat ADHD but which also seem to increase mental focus in general. However, other methods that don’t use prescription medication to boost brainpower might be harder to regulate. Here are just a few links on the subject of boosting brainpower.
- The number of people playing around with trans-cranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is growing — because zapping your brain with a few volts seems harmless when the upside could be faster learning or relief from anxiety. People experimenting on themselves with about $20 worth of simple electronics could lead to some cool discoveries.. or a lobotomized population of internet users. [url]
- People use way more than 10% of their brain capacity. And 37% of all statistics are completely fabricated. [url]
- Bacteria that live in our intestines could have a significant influence on our brain chemistry. The microbes that live in our bodies are not well studied, but maybe someday researchers will try to engineer bacteria to symbiotically boost our brains. [url]
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