Limitless. New Bradley Cooper film. I know, I know, all you have to say to me is “Belle, Bradley Cooper is in it!” and I’m there buying popcorn before you’ve even finished your sentence. but the idea of this is really interesting.
If you haven’t heard about it, the film is said to focus on a guy who is a bit of a bum; isn’t working, splits up with his girlfriend and doesn’t have a lot going for him, and then he is offered a pill that is said to make your brain limitless. According to scientists, we only use twenty percent of our mind and the pill allows his character to access everything he had ever experienced. It changes his life, and thank god, inspires him to sort out the hair, because although my love for him is limitless (see what I did there!) he still looks like a hobo at the start of the trailer.
I find the concept of this really interesting. the idea of taking a pill and accessing things that we have learnt, seen or heard before to really maximise our full intelligence. I know I learnt a load of physics at school which might come in handy one day, if I could only remember it, and I know my dad would be much more grateful for the maths tutor he paid for while I was at school, if I applied it to life at all!
but according to the BBC, there are such ‘smart’ pills on the market; tablets which give us the power to be super alert and fully functioning, sort of like a super caffeine pill. nicknamed the neuroenhancers, Universities are already calling for the use of these drugs to be monitored and to ensure that they are not used for prolonged periods of time, as the dangers are not known.
we all know that the craze of using drugs to boost ones performance has been going on for decades; athletes get tested for steroids before races to ensure that there is a fair level of aptitude, and on the shelf drugs like ProPlus are popular with students, clubbers and people on late night shifts. even drugs like Ritalin have been used by people who dont need it in recent years to boost their concentration levels and focus their minds.
I think that its another one of those really exciting, yet quite scary moves in pharmaceutical development. if you had the chance, would you take it?