Remember how learning was easier when you were younger, language, mathematics, and science fell before you like a weakened foe. As you age memory starts to lose its edge, retaining new information is harder. This is due, mostly, to a brain process called neuroplasticity: the ability of neurons to form new links. Since memory and learning are based on these links, having flexible neurons means a higher learning and memory capacity. There have been studies of children who grow up in multilingual households, children who can learn 3 or 4 complete languages based on hearing their parents and their friends speak in incomplete language fragments. Complete languages rather than partial ones, the brain, is an incredible organ.
What if we could tap into that learning ability we start to lose as we age; it’s down to a base level by around the age of 25-30 depending on gender and genetics. What if you never lost the ability to learn as a child? A great phrase I heard some time ago “A human in the modern society has to learn more on a day to day basis than their paleolithic ancestors did in their entire lifetime.” It’s probably overstated but if you stop to think just how many deliberate decisions you have to make, sure we run on autopilot a lot of the time, but we have information presented to us in a maelstrom of ideas and concepts.
If you could take a pill and be at your intellectual maximum for your entire life? Shit yes, imagine the changes we could make. No more would age be an impediment to career success, you would always be as mentally flexible as you were as a child.
Of course there are risks, with any human augmentation it could simply make things worse, create an overclass of hyper-intelligent oligarchs, but the idea, the places it takes to the imagination, imagine what we could change if we thought like children forever?