[ExI] 08-healthy disability-Longevity Dividend OPED

Stathis Papaioannou stathisp at gmail.com
Mon Jun 9 08:32:32 UTC 2008

2008/6/9 Morris Johnson <mfj.eav at gmail.com>:

>  Every technology designed to make life indistinguishable from normal for
> the disabled can now  be adapted to enhance the abilities of the able
> bodied.  For example scientists pushing themselves harder to be smarter are
> now  major consumers of ritalan a drug popularized for hyperactive kids.

Please note that this isn't new. Students, workers and soldiers have
been using amphetamines to assist physical and mental labour for
decades, and South American natives have been chewing coca leaves for
the same reason for centuries. Ritalin (methylphenidate) is not
fundamentally different in its pharmacology from the amphetamines or
cocaine that get people locked up, despite what drug company marketing
would have you believe.

Stathis Papaioannou

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