The headline in slashdot.com was kind of shocking: “Many Scientists Using Performance Enhancing Drugs” They’re not talking about steroids or human growth hormone. They’re talking about Ritalin, beta blockers, and Provigil; they’re not necessarily being used for their original purposes or, perhaps, by prescription.
Wow, my paradigm just got a little bit of a nudge there. Is it OK to use performance-enhancing drugs when the result is more important than a home-run record? It’s hard to say no, but it is the same thing, really.
Edited to add (4:30-ish on April 10): What I left out was, there was a bit of an April Fools’ Day angle to the story, when the World Anti-Brain Doping Agency issued the “press release” NIH Announces New Initiatives to Fight the Use of Brain Enhancing Drugs by Scientists. At first I wasn’t going to mention this, because the original sounded parody-like enough even in truth. But the WABDA just makes it more fun.