We Are Getting Smarter With Smart Drugs

Yet using nootropics to increase brain capacity is not at all new. In the 1950s, Great Britain and the United States experimented with "mind-expanding" technologies for military purposes. During the MKUltra project, one of the scariest forms of occupational therapy within the CIA, the effects of psychotropic In the 1950s, Great Britain and the United States experimented with "mind-expanding" technologies for military purposes. During the MKUltra project, one of the scariest forms of occupational therapy within the CIA, the effects of psychotropic drugs, shock therapy and hypnosis were tested on both voluntary and not so voluntary participants. For example, the scientists tried to get their subjects to endure torture better and were hoping for an "increase in the efficiency of mind and perception". The experiments, which had the goal of exercising control over the human mind, were found to produce opposite effects.

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