Eric Nolley

Document Type

Honors Project

First Advisor

Steve Watson

Degree Award Date

Spring 2006


Cognitive Enhancement, Human Intelligence, Human Nature, moral implications


Bioethics and Medical Ethics | Rehabilitation and Therapy


The focus of this paper is thus to consider the major concerns about enhancing memory, attention, alertness, executive function and other processes associated with intellect in an attempt to provide a framework for understanding some of the moral implications. In doing so, it will be necessary to consider first the problematic terminologies of enhancement and therapy and to discuss the imperative and the bounds for the ethical discourse. Central to all ethical concerns regarding cognitive enhancement, it shall be argued, is that of indelibly changing the meaning of being human; a meaning that is not endangered by making mankind more intelligent.