Stimulants in Academia and Research
Baseball manages to keep steroids steadily in the news. Analogists will ask, is there a steroids problem in academia? An article in NYer digs deeper into use of neuroenhancing drugs in schools. And further, like pro sports, is there steroids use (sans coffee) in the highest echelons of research? Away from sensationalism, here is a research question: should we not be prepared for Erdos-like prediction of aliens demanding Ramsey numbers, and for sake of humanity, invest in research on steriods for brains? The point is steroids for sports produces one record, some good moments for the fans, and large $s for TVs, but humans move on to anticipate the next record. Steroids for science on the other hand may have more lasting impact. No, I am not advocating steroids, or proposing we produce monster brains that would read the NYer without savoring it. Just wondering if there is a utility function here.