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Lee 1 Allison Lee Ms. Helana Brigman English 2000, Section 104 6 May 2010 Simply a Helpful Tool Wouldn’t it be mind-boggling if we could simply take a pill that would make us smarter? Surprisingly, there are such medications considered to be cognitive enhancers, more popularly known as “smart drugs.” Controversy has arisen about the many students that are taking prescription drugs to enhance their concentration. A British newspaper, The Observer, published the article, “Universities Told to Consider Dope Tests as Students Use of ‘Smart Drugs’ Soars,” which states that “[s]ome students say they feel that the use of a “smart drug” is cheating.” While some consider it to be cheating, Saffron Davies article, “Not So Smart,” says that the “drugs have been claimed to improve IQ and memory tests.” Regardless if such “smart drugs” are considered to be an aid to cheating or a helpful aid to enhancing concentration, Louisiana State University (LSU) should not attempt to regulate the use of cognitive enhancing drugs because it is not enhancing ones’ performance. It’s simply enhancing and maximizing ones’ ability to focus on the material and grasp its concepts. It is then up to the individual to perform well. The fortitude of an individual is crucial in the performance of a “smart drug.” If one is not focused on the task at hand, the medication will not perform as it was designed, thus implying that a drug will work for one individual and not another. According to Jason Kirby’s article “Going to Work on Smart Drugs,” Jeremy Cole, an operations manager, after years of
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2 research, decided to take Provigil, designed for those with narcolepsy, finding that “[i]t’s as if a fog has been lifted off [my] brain.” Though Cole was not diagnosed with narcolepsy, Provigil helped him perform well because of his positive outlook on the medication. Johann Hari experimented with the same drug, having a different opinion of the drug. Hari’s story, “My
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