Margaret Talbot’s “Brain Gain” and Nicholas Hagar’s “All Too Much: The Widespread Use of Study Drugs on Campus”

In two of the texts we have read and discussed this semester—Margaret Talbot’s “Brain Gain” and Nicholas Hagar’s “All Too Much: The Widespread Use of Study Drugs on Campus”—the authors address the potential advantages and dangers of using “neuroenhancing” drugs, as well as the ethical questions that arise from such drug use. In this second paper, I’d like you to respond to the following question: Should college students be allowed to use neuroenhancing drugs to improve their academic performance? In developing your answer to this question, please use evidence (i.e., direct quotes) from both Talbot’s and Hagar’s pieces.
Draft an introductory paragraph for your essay, making sure that the thesis comes at the very end.

Once you have completed your introduction, use your thesis statement to create an outline for your essay. For example, using the thesis statement from the instructional video above, we might generate an outline that looks something like this:

I. Introduction (ending with thesis statement)

II. Claim 1: Using performance enhancing drugs is a form of cheating and it needs to be punished.

III. Claim 2: A strict lifetime ban could prevent other athletes from the temptation to use drugs.

IV. Claim 3: Without a serious punishment, offending athletes will not be motivated to stop their behavior.

V. Acknowledging and refuting counterarguments.

VI. Conclusion.

Using your own original thesis statement, you should be able to develop an outline for yourself that looks similar.

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