Videogames Are Drugs
: Dorkly presents a few comics which compare videogames to their analogous drugs.
What do NASCAR's AJ Allmendinger
, Joe Haden
of the Cleveland Browns, New York Giants safety Tyler Sash
of the Philadelphia Phillies, and many other athletes
have in common?
They have all used a performance enhancing substance
that is growing in popularity among athletes, one that is widely prescribed and which is taken by millions of children every day. The drug in question is Adderall
: The combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine is used as part of a treatment program to control symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. [more inside]
Where Did All The Adderall Go?
A mysterious American adderall shortage has paralyzed the cognition and emptied the pocketbooks of millions of legal tweakers this year. Try to pay attention: it's a fun history of amphetamine, shortages, grotesque corporate greed and the Holy Grail of Big Pharma business models that is the "addiction-proof" addictive drug. [via mefi projects
] [more inside]
Thought-provoking NY Mag essay
on the consequences of living in an age of perpetual distraction. Been thinking about this one a lot, in the context of MeFi and other addictions.
Towards responsible use of cognitive-enhancing drugs by the healthy
- a commentary in Nature that says, "we call for a presumption that mentally competent adults should be able to engage in cognitive enhancement using drugs
". Farkesque debate here
. [more inside]