Although I agree with Talbot that the new generation needs a boost to accomplish more, I do not believe that neuroehancers is what our generation needs to get ahead in the white collar competition. Although there are many people out there who are using these drugs to try and get ahead of the competition, not all people are really making any progress in that direction. In fact, the people who are using these drugs are mostly already ahead of the competition that we wonder if these drugs actually even helped these people achieve their goals.
Throughout the report of Talbot, we can clearly see that the people who used neuroenhancing drugs did not feel smarter or more creative. First, let us take a look at Alex the guy who recently graduated from Harvard. Alex is a classic example of a student who wants to achieve almost everything at once. He led a very hectic schedule so he needed an energy booster to keep him awake, alert and focused. Since Alex was admitted to Harvard and he ran a student organization, presumably, this guy is already smart and is ahead in terms of academic achievements. During his interview with Talbot, Alex clearly stated that the drug Adderall helped him focus his mind on the tasks at hand but it did not make him feel smarter. According to Alex,
“The drug, along with a steady stream of caffeine, helped him to concentrate during classes and meetings, but he noticed some odd effects; at a morning tutorial he… alternated between speaking too quickly and thoroughly on some subjects and feeling awkwardly quiet during other points of the discussion.” Lunch was a blur: “It’s always hard to eat much when on Adderall.”
Based on the statement of Alex, we can clearly see that the effects of nueroehancers are not always good. The sudden bursts of mental activities followed by silence are not a good sign. If our generation wants stay competitive, we need more than just drugs that boost out mental