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December 29, 2007

The rise of brain doping

bottles of Provigil

A friend pointed me to this recent article in the Los Angeles Times. According to the article, the Next Big Thing will be the use of drugs to improve mental acuity. Businesses like the computer industry has run on caffeine and sugar for decades of course, but now there's a growing trend... by all sorts of folks... to use more powerful prescription medications.

"There isn't any question about it -- they made me a much better player," said Paul Phillips, 35, who credited the attention deficit drug Adderall and the narcolepsy pill Provigil with helping him earn more than $2.3 million as a poker player.

Provigil seems to be the drug of choice with the brain augmentation crowd. I'm looking forward to a stranger in a sleazy bar offering to sell me some fresh Provigil, instead of the same old grass and meth. I would definitely be interested! If you're interested in the world of brain augmentation, a good place to start is Quinn Norton's great Body Hacking talk.

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Posted by Chris Spurgeon at December 29, 2007 08:57 AM

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