John Harris: Towards Responsible Use Of Cognitive Enhancing Drugs By The Healthy

Like all new technologies, cognitive enhancement can be used well or poorly. We should welcome new methods of improving our brain function. In a world in which human workspans and lifespans are increasing, cognitive enhancement tools — including the pharmacological — will be increasingly useful for improved quality of life and extended work productivity, as well as to stave off normal and pathological agerelated cognitive declines- Safe and effective cognitive enhancers will benefit
both the individual and society. But it would also be foolish to ignore problems that such use of drugs could create or exacerbate. With this, as with other technologies, we need to think and work hard to maximize its benefits and minimize its harms.

Džon Haris (John Harris) je britanski bioetičar, profesor bioetike i direktor Instituta za nauku, etiku i inovaciju na Univerzitetu Mančester. Obrazovanje je stekao na Univerzitetima Kent i Oksford. Jedan je od direktora i osnivača Međunarodne asocijacije za bioetiku i osnivač i član odbora časopisa Bioetika, kao i član uređivačkog odbora Časopisa za etiku zdravstvene nege Univeziteta u Kembridžu. Takođe je jedan od glavnih urednika Časopisa za medicinsku etiku. Džon Haris je tokom svoje karijere  izgradio ime najuticajnijeg zastupnika liberatarijansko-konsekvencionalističkog pristupa u oblasti bioetike.