Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 10th Apr 2008 22:12 UTC
In the News One in five Nature readers -- mostly scientists -- say they up their mental performance with drugs such as Ritalin, Provigil, and Inderal. [...] when asked how they felt about professional thinkers using drugs to enhance their cognitive performance, nearly 80% said it should be allowed. While this report reaches a different part of science, the usage of these drugs can be utilized by software developers alike. What is your opinion on this, somewhat new, development?
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RE[2]: Crap
by nevali on Fri 11th Apr 2008 11:41 UTC in reply to "RE: Crap"
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I think you are missing the point.. actually I know so ;)

We are not talking about drugs as in heroine but drugs as in medicine. You can get Ritalin in your local pharmacy, it is used to calm kids...

Heroin is, last I checked, otherwise known as diamorphine—rather widely used in the medical world.

The only difference between drugs and medicine is the intent.

To the people saying “drugs are bad!!!11”: do you drink alcohol? coke? coffee? eat food containing MSG? what about foods containing tryptophan?

See, the lines are very very blurry. One person's “natural” is another's ”unrefined”. When the active ingredient and the effect is the same, it matters very little.

And, for the record, (in response to the earlier comments) smoking has positive effects; it just lacks medical benefits.

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