Do psychotropic[s] enhance, or diminish, human agency?
*then— a landscape in ancient Britain
…[plants] are reliable and effective because they implement the findings of neuroscience and supplement… our humanist discourse about self-development and agency. In using… we become transhuman hybrid beings who build tools into the regulatory plant of the body.
One question to ask then is: How many individuals have found, through these tools, a sweet spot that blends augmentation of the will and alleviation of pain? If the number is large, then [plants] fall into the same category as cars, electric guitars and mobile phones; tools that, if used judiciously, can ameliorate our quality of life. From that perspective… they are just one of many tools, including the tool of talk therapy, that serve to secure an appropriate sense of agency.
Orginal Article (Aeon):
Do psychotropic drugs enhance, or diminish, human agency?
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