Category Archives: Drugs

Hallucinogens 2.0

In spite of their reputation as being dangerous and their classification as illicit drugs, hallucinogens may have a lot to offer. Historically, they have played an important role in certain mystical and spiritual traditions, and they have been seriously studied as a potential means of coming to a better understanding of how our minds work. […]

Cognitive Enhancement

The Los Angeles Times has an article this week on pharmaceutical cognitive enhancement. The drugs mentioned are Provigil, Ritalin, Adderall, and a new drug Aricept. Money quote: There are not too many occupations where it’s really good to be dumb.

Cyborg Teeth

When I was contemplating an onboard robo-doctor last year, I was envisioning a surgically implanted device: Such a device could become an onboard doctor, pharmacy, and drug manufacturer. It could diagnose a problem, prescribe a solution, manufacture, and release. Perhaps it could also insure that you get perfect nutrition from a less-than-perfect diet. It’s too […]

Political Science

No, not that kind. The other kind, where the value of scientific research is measured by its alignment with a political agenda. I’m glad to see that it’s being challenged in the field of climate research. And I’m disturbed to see that it’s gaining ground in other areas: IF CANNABIS were unknown, and bioprospectors were […]