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Bad Moves: How decision making goes wrong, and the ethics of smart drugs 1st Edition, Kindle Edition
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After this, there is a minimal amount of discussion about smart drugs, basically covering Ritalin and Modafinil, but basically ignoring the range of other smart drugs on the market, and mainly focuses on Modafinils potential to reduce levels of tiredness. It spends more time discussing the ethics of smart drug use in an otherwise healthy population, and tries to cover both sides of the argument, but not, to my mind, particularly convincingly - it would have been better to include not just a dispassionate outline of both sides of the argument with short arguments from proponents and opponents of using these drugs in a healthy population.
In all, the book is too short, and cannot cover the subject in sufficient detail, and focuses as a result mainly on ethics and theory and little on practical implications or how else someone could improve their decision-making.
Of course as with so many books along these lines, it often appears the bottom-line assumption is that our consciousness is entirely reliant on the chemical interactions in our brains, when there is of course no evidence at all this is the case- it is just perceived scientific wisdom that believes it to be so. In that way the brain may create the physical environment for 'decision 'making' but it has little to do with the actual decision making process, meaning drugs can do very little to enhance that process and by affecting brain function, may actually most of the time inhibit decision making more than anything else. Of course brain-damage can affect decision-making and the type of consciousness people experience, but that may be more along the lines of a how a damaged radio scrambles its signal more than an 'engine' malfunctioning. So, again, chemical drugs may be useless if this is the case and do more harm than good, despite all the best intentions and the identification of 'hot' and 'cold' regions of the brain charted in this book.
So largely a clinical assessment of the value and effectiveness of chemical drug use and a competent enough one at that but the issue- a fundamental one at that- of what exactly consciousness is and it's relationship to physical brain function seems to be side-stepped somewhat. A good read nonetheless that is thought-provoking and opens up debate in an area that needs much more consideration, and worth a look.
"in a very real sense, our selves - are the products of our decisions".
Which is true. A helpful reminder here.
The book goes on to discussions the process we go through when making a decision, then what happens when illness changes how we decide. Before looking at various drugs which can help those who are ill, but now are even being used by heathly persons. The authors ask if this use of a drug to helped stressed people make better choices is right.
A very interesting read.
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