Drugs is on My Mind

March 9, 2008

Imagine a drug that can reduce your need for sleep, increase your concentration and make you smarter, with minimal side effects.

Call it Morvigil.

What would such a drug do to society? Would governments ban it, would it become the drug of the rich or become a virtual prerequisite for your workday?

The best answers to those questions, writer Quinn Norton told conference-goers at the O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference in San Diego Wednesday, is to be found in the history of another substance: coffee.

Coffee debuted in the late 17th century in Oxford, England — leading to rowdy coffee houses, jittery arguments and even an attempt by King Charles II to ban the substance for inspiring seditious behavior.

The other consequence: the Enlightenment.

– From Drugs, Body Modifications May Create Second Enlightenment by Ryan Singel

A little perspective goes a long way. Too bad a little perspective can be hard to come by…

Maybe I should try out coffee. Or tea. How much less badass could I possibly become.

Okay, you don’t actually have to answer that question…


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