Are there smartdrugs?

Rob Harris (
Wed, 13 Oct 1999 17:04:29 +0100

>One theoretical argument against the possibility of smartdrugs is that if
>there were a simple way of boosting intelligence, evolution would already
>have discovered it.

>Some things might still be possible.

I agree. The "theoretical argument" above contains a grevious error. It assumes that all possible evolutionary changes with relation to heightened intelligence have already occurred (in humans). Crap. There is absolutely no reason why this should be the case. Again, it is the dominant animal within us that so deperately strives for social superiority translated into the context of the entire world/universe and beyond, that has blinded us. Evolution by natural selection, as we all know, produces lifeforms more suited to survival in their niche than the last generation. It does not produce more and more intelligent lifeforms with each generation, unless the particular niche of the species in question demands it. Due to the law of decreasing returns, which is generally accepted as relevant to the issue of increasing intelligence in a human context, it is unlikely that maximum intelligence will have been reached in any human - it would be a waste of energy. Furthermore, evolution by natural selection in humans may be slowing due to the impact of medical technology and policing on immediate deselection (death before reproduction), BUT it is certainly not over, nor could it ever be, so long as the race continues - after all, women are still choosing mates according to the "Can he break stuff good?" paradigm of old. Unconsciously, of course. This alone will optimise the entire race toward bigger people with more aggression, perhaps. What is certain is that very high intelligence is not a common desirable (sexually attractive) trait, and so will not be further heightened by the course of human evolution as it is now.
In conclusion, get your thinking hats on and make some smart pills.....I'll be at the front of the queue for 'em, loot in hand.