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IEET > Rights > Neuroethics > Life > Access > Enablement > Vision > Technoprogressivism > Staff > Kyle Munkittrick

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Enhancers are Not “Cheating”


Kyle Munkittrick
Kyle Munkittrick
Science Not Fiction

Posted: Mar 9, 2011

Placing a ban on cognitive-enhancing drugs won’t do anything positive, and neither will creating an attitude of disapproval.

Matt Lamkin argues here that universities shouldn’t ban cognitive-enhancing drugs like Ritalin and Adderall. Lamkin is a lawyer and, like myself, a master’s candidate in bioethics. He rightly believes that a ban would do little to promote fairness or safety among students. The rule followers would be at a disadvantage while the rule-breakers would be at a greater safety risk.

But Lamkin doesn’t believe we, as a society, should be OK with cognitive enhancement usage. Instead, he argues:

The word “cheating” has another meaning, one that has nothing to do with competition. When someone has achieved an end through improper means, we might say that person has “cheated herself” out of whatever rewards are inherent in the proper means. The use of study drugs by healthy students could corrode valuable practices that education has traditionally fostered. If, for example, students use such drugs to mitigate the consequences of procrastination, they may fail to develop mental discipline and time-management skills.

On the other hand, Ritalin might enable a student to engage more deeply in college and to more fully experience its internal goods-goods she might be denied without that assistance. The distinction suggests that a blanket policy, whether of prohibition or universal access, is unlikely to be effective.

Instead, colleges need to encourage students to engage in the practice of education rather than to seek shortcuts. Instead of ferreting out and punishing students, universities should focus on restoring a culture of deep engagement in education, rather than just competition for credentials.

drugsLamkin’s argument is that cog-enhancers are an easy way out for those in school. Struggling to study builds character and good habits. Though he disapproves of cog-enhancers, I appreciate his hesitancy to involve the law. Lamkin doesn’t believe policing cog-enhancing drug usage is necessary, but would prefer honor codes opposing cog-enhancing drugs. He believes honor codes cause one to “internalize” the value of not using the drug.

What is curious is that Lamkin doesn’t actually address what Ritalin and Adderall do for a student. As a person who has a legit prescription for Ritalin, and who knows his fair share of folks who’ve taken Adderall off-label, I believe I can speak to how cog-enhancers work in at least an anecdotal sense…

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Kyle Munkittrick, IEET Program Director: Envisioning the Future, is a recent graduate of New York University, where he received his Master's in bioethics and critical theory.
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Congrats on being published in Discover; that’s a big deal.
This is a good essay. You make a great case for concentration vs. motivation.
A study published in April of 2010 seemed to show that 71%of those misusing the cog drugs “screen positive for ADHD symptoms” (Peterkin, http://jad.sagepub.com/content/early/2010/04/20/1087054710365980.abstract). So, are the drugs in question for a majority of users really enhancement drugs?





Thank you for this important article.





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