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The Ethics of Cognitive Enhancement: Part 3

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From the discussion in the last two parts of this series on the ethics of cognitive enhancement, we can draw three conclusions. 793 more words

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The Ethics of Cognitive Enhancement: Part 2

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In Part 1 of this series on the ethics of cognitive enhancement, I pointed out that it is not logical to deny people access to new methods of cognitive enhancement as they become available, because such methods would not be categorically different from methods currently legally available to people. 1,529 more words

Daniel Toker

The Ethics of Cognitive Enhancement: Part 1

“Smart drugs” like Adderall and Modafinil are just the beginning of the cognitive enhancement revolution. Though they were initially developed to alleviate the symptoms of cognitive disorders, these and similar drugs are increasingly being used by the cognitively healthy to boost memory, focus, and wakefulness over long periods of work. 2,084 more words

Daniel Toker

Summer BBQ

Updates have been scarce, I know.  I was busy visiting new schools and helping new teachers for the past month.  I’ll do my best to make up for it, but I have some good news.   64 more words

Why I am a Conservative...Sorta

Typically when I look at world events, I think to myself “What is the best way this can play out so that the region re-stabilizes with minimal bloodshed?” The immediate follow up is “How do we achieve this?” When it comes down to it, this is a pretty conservative philosophy. 402 more words

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IS, The Middle-East & Some Political Philosophy-A Few Links

From The New Republic:

‘Other Muslims have romanticized the time of the early caliphs—but by occupying a large area and ruling it for more than a year, the Islamic State can claim to be their heirs more plausibly than any recent jihadist movement.

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Is History Really Over?

“In 1989, as the Cold War entered the bottom of the ninth inning, political scientist Francis Fukuyama wrote a memorable essay entitled “The End of History?” And despite the question mark in the article’s title, the argument resolved itself in a straightforward answer: “Yes.” It was a nifty bit of Hegelian reasoning, filtered through the thinking of a Russian-born Frenchman named Alexandre Kojève, and it fit the temper of the times perfectly: Communism was collapsing; the great debates of the past two centuries were being resolved in the victory of market-based economies and democracy over state-based economies and authoritarianism; “history,” understood in grand philosophical terms, was over; and while things were likely to be more peaceful, they were also likely to be more boring. 138 more words

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