Re: Filtered Extropians

Anders Sandberg (
Thu, 8 May 1997 18:54:32 +0200 (MET DST)

On Thu, 8 May 1997, Carl Feynman wrote:

> Anders Sandberg wrote:
> >In general, the idea of nootropics only
> >having positive cognitive effects and no side-effects is *very* unlikely,
> In fact it is forbidden by Algernon's Law: All simple major enhancements of
> human intelligence are net evolutionary disadvantages.

I think you misapply it somewhat; a nootropic need not correspond to any
reasonable mutation that could occur in nature. In practice you are
right, the state of our neurochemistry is likely a compromise between
several opposing factors which is optimal in general, but not in the
specific and unnatural situations we might want to employ nootropics in.

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