Cognitive Enhancement: Boosting your Brainpower with Anders Sandberg


What is cognitive enhancement? Anders discusses common and less common types of cognitive enhancement, potential opportunities and pitfalls, and possible future directions.

Recorded at the FHI offices in Oxford.

Anders Sandberg as contributed to a number of papers on this and related subject:
– Cognitive Enhancement: Methods, Ethics, Regulatory Challenges:
Abstract: Cognitive enhancement takes many and diverse forms. Various methods of cognitive enhancement have implications for the near future. At the same time, these technologies raise a range of ethical issues. For example, they interact with notions of authenticity, the good life, and the role of medicine in our lives. Present and anticipated methods for cognitive enhancement also create challenges for public policy and regulation.

– Cognition enhancement: Upgrading the brain:

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  1. NSI-189, Selank, rasagiline, selegiline, and 9-Me-BC are the smoother forms of chemicals that enhance cognition. Modafinil's pretty good. There's also phenylpiracetam and sunifiram. Some cognitive enhancers grow new neurons and even enhance the dendritic spines, so the chemical methods are getting less crude and there will be a molecular singularity. Dopamine beta-hydroxylase inhibitors like nepicastat is also good. Then there will be something like NZT, but with nearly no side effects. There will also be a lot of forms of brain stimulation and even low amounts of wireheading. Indanylaminipropane, methiopropamine, low dose a-PVP, and Fluoromodafinil are cool too. Microdosing psychedelics are another option. Education is done wrong, and society doesn't know how to maximize goal achievement rates. They often teach stuff that has nothing to do with the specific profession, and there's too many social expectations. A lot of people with talents and intelligence don't get to reach the profession that they would excel at, while relatively mediocre people reach their profession merely for being social butterflies and knowing the right people and pulling some strings. Education needs a complete overhaul. Technology will also help in the quest for cognitive enhancement. Also, short term use of propranolol decreases anxiety and helps those with social anxiety and very low social cognition to have a higher social cognition, even though it's still not as high as the general population. But the main thing is that current society puts too much pressure to perform socially like a social butterfly, but all technologies are pointing to a future where it's knowledge that would ultimately matter, not societal expectations. Stuff like forming larger tribes will no longer matter as much. There's even the fearless imperative, which will dramatically reduce fear capacity, anxiety, treat PTSD, and also allow people to come up with hyperrational solutions to problems instead of acting in a primitive way. Intelligence will be greatly boosted in the future.

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