Why Aren ’ t We Smarter Already : Evolutionary Trade-Offs and Cognitive Enhancements

@inproceedings{Hills2011WhyA,
  title={Why Aren ’ t We Smarter Already : Evolutionary Trade-Offs and Cognitive Enhancements},
  author={Thomas Hills and Ralph Hertwig},
  year={2011}
}
Pharmacological enhancers of cognition promise a bright new future for humankind: more focus, more willpower, and better memory, with applications ranging from education to military combat. Underlying such promises is a linear, more-is-better vision of cognition that makes intuitive sense. This vision is at odds, however, with our understanding of cognition’s evolutionary origins. The mind has evolved under various constraints and consequently represents a delicate balance among these… CONTINUE READING
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