Nature has published a paper that advocates the use of cognitive-enhancing drugs: "Towards responsible use of cognitive-enhancing drugs by the healthy"
The comments on Nature’s opinion forum are varied, but in general people seems to be against:
"How dare they have the audacity to suggest such a thing?! The solution to the increasing “unnaturalness” in human society is not to simply shrug, say “why stop at homes, clothes, etc” as the authors suggest, and start drugging up otherwise healthy adults! "
As a scientist I do not relish my peers or younger colleagues taking such drugs for the extra edge in career success. I do not relish getting “confidential” advice from a tenure review committee member that next time I should try taking a daily dose of “X”.
We have talked about this before, and I thought that seeing such a strong, influential outlet taking positions on it (by publishing a paper; one could argue that the publisher doesn’t really need to share views with what it published, but still) is important enough to post.