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Coming in from the fringe
Transhumanism is being taken seriously by an increasing number of scholars. The fact that Stanford’s respected legal bioethics program hosted the 150 or so attendees from Europe, Asia, New Zealand and North America to discuss issues raised by human enhancement is testimony to how far transhumanism has come in from the fringe.
Even the government has taken a position — against — in the second report out of President Bush’s bioethics council. Titled “Beyond Therapy: Biotechnology and the Pursuit of Happiness,” the 2003 report suggested the need for regulations to prevent the use of biotech to give people powers they did not have naturally.
modafinal, for example, was approved for the treatment of narcolepsy. But it is often used by people who just want to stay awake and alert without the side effects of amphetamines. The military is already enhancing pilots with it so they can fly long missions.
Modafinal is a wake-promoting agent used in the treatment of excessive daytime sleepiness. Recent studies using modafinal for MS fatigue have shown positive benefits in about two-thirds of subjects after about two weeks of therapy. Its use is recommended for those with moderate to severe fatigue or mild fatigue that has not responded to amantadine. Modafinal is relatively safe and well tolerated. Its side effects include headache, nausea and weakness at higher doses.
You also need to sleep to help regenaration of certain organs and stuff too. I think I read that some where not sure though.
Originally posted by Xeros
I just remembered that I heard somewhere that the only reson we sleep is a lack of a certain chemical and that when the chemical can be put into a tablet form, humans won't need to sleep ever again. Maybe this is what they want to give pilots rather than amphetamines? It sounds crazy but I swear I definately heard it from a rspectable source. Does anyone else know about this?
[edit on 1-6-2006 by Xeros]