Nicole Vincent obtained her PhD in the philosophy of tort law in 2007 from the University of Adelaide in Australia. She subsequently spent three years in the Netherlands working on a project entitled "The Brain and The Law, before returning to Australia for another three years to kick start the Australian Neurolaw Database project. In 2013 she joined Georgia State University as associate professor of philosophy, law, and neuroscience. The concept of responsibility occupies center stage in Vincent's work. She has written on such topics as the compatibility of responsibility and determinism, medical interventions to make criminal offenders competent for execution, how neuroscience and behavioral genetics fit into criminal responsibility adjudication procedures, tort liability for failure to use cognitive enhancement medications, and whether people who live unhealthy lifestyles should have de-prioritised access to public health care resources and to organ transplants.
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Cognitive enhancers have both medical and societal side effects. Widespread use of cognitive enhancers will likely lead to a more work-obsessed and competitive culture that leaves less room for personal enjoyment and fulfilment.
The creation of safe, reliable and effective technologies to enhance mental performance would ensure that high-responsibility professionals, such as surgeons or pilots, would have additional duties and pressure to use smart drugs.
Widespread use, and development, of cognitive enhancers will lead to a new normal where individuals will be coerced into using drugs to live up to a new, medically enhanced, standard.
In this podcast, Nicole Vincent and Emma Jane discuss the ethical dilemmas that arise from widespread use of smart drugs and other cognitive enhancements.
Cognitive enhancement should not be permitted in practice-oriented activities, such as education, but should be allowed for activities of low social or moral importance, such as recreational games.