Risk Mysterianism and Cognitive Boosters

by Philippe Verdoux


In this paper, I argue that cognitive enhancements could increase our ability to analyze and control risks, most importantly existential risks. Towards this end, I identify two significant constraints on our ability to evaluate/neutralize such risks, one of which concerns the problem’s type and the other its size (or complexity). I provide two examples of these constraints, and examine how enhancements could help overcome each.

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