Eliezer is right,
If you're not clinically depressed (and preferably professionally diagnosed
as such by a good psychiatrist); don't mess around with the serotonergic
system. Don't mess around with the dopaminergic system (cocaine etc..) or
the glutaminergic system (DXM) either...
I suppose you're free to mildly tweak the cholinergic system - you get
smarter & live longer I hear (...well, at least if you're a mouse!).
From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Saturday, July 15, 2000 9:59 PM
Subject: Re: Fast-acting 5-HTP supplementation for accute despair
>For those of you who may have joined the Extropians list recently, I'd
>just like to repeat my warning about tampering with the serotenergic
>systems: It may reduce your intelligence, blunt your creative edge, and
>otherwise screw up your mind.
>This warning based on personal experience, plus some post-facto
>rationalization and generalization.
>Besides, severe depression is good for you.
> email@example.com Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
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