Monday, March 24, 2008

Big brains on drugs

…Brain drugs, people, brain drugs! So far, according to Benedict Carey, NYT, Mar 9, 2008, no Nobel Laureates have had to hand back their money for using brain-enhancers, but this could be coming.

….Ah, doping in academia. Dude!

…Recently, according to this, two researchers at Cambridge dimed out half a dozen colleagues for using prescriptions drugs like Adderall and Provigil to “promote wakefulness” and improve performance.

…Did they call the NoDoz store and it was out?

…Well, a bunch of profs wrote in and said they used enhancers, too.

…Some say this could have a deeper impact on society than Roger Clemmons shoring up his aging form.

…The purpose of drugs is not to turn healthy people into gods, one said. Hmmm. Did someone decree that? Did HA miss the memo?

…One scientist said some of her colleagues only used these drugs to “stay vertical” for late-night events.

…You can tell who is using them, one added—they are angry, testy, and hyperfocused, and don’t want to be bothered. (But only at night events, right?)

…One guy wrote to the Chronicle of Higher Ed and said he could take on twice the responsibility, work twice as fast, write more effectively, manage better, be more attentive, devise better and more creative strategies.

…Whew, bud.

…Seriously, check out that last comment. Anybody who came up in the Sixties knows that sentence is enhanced.

…Does HA care? Well, hmmmm, are they doing medical research? And where can she score Adderall?



Anonymous said...

Specifically, Adderall XR is composed of the following proportions of active ingredients[1]:

* 1/4 dextroamphetamine saccharate
* 1/4 dextroamphetamine sulfate
* 1/4 (racemic dextro/laevo-amphetamine) aspartate monohydrate
* 1/4 (racemic dextro/laevo-amphetamine) sulfate

Come on Eileen - Just Say No to Dexy's Midnight Runners.

Star Lawrence said...

Eileen? Oh--I remember dexies. Well, those little academic scamps! Black Beauties are out now, huh?