SI Interviews – Catherine Coveney on Cognitive Enhancement and Modafinil

In this podcast Catherine Coveney uses the case study of Modafinil (a revolutionary ‘wakefulness’ drug reportedly subject to increasingly widespread use amongst students, academics, professionals and shiftworkers) to explore the status and practice of cognitive enhancement within contemporary society.

Cognitive Enhancement and Modafinil

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  1. Very interesting; my stream finked out partway through, so I will continue later…In a sense, cognitive enhancement seems to me to be the most valid use of psychopharmaceuticals, because that decision to use comes utterly of the individual's free desire.  The individual is not considered to be a patient, is not pathologized, and is not forced to take.  Perhaps we should shift our discourse around pharma away from pathology and towards enhancement.  

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