Any human who, via artificial or natural means, has some type of mental enhancement which carries a hidden price.

Term coined by Eliezer S. Yudkowsky in 1996, inspired by the Daniel Keyes' novel Flowers for Algernon.

- return to the Transhumanist Terminology metanode

The mouse in Daniel Keyes' story Flowers for Algernon. In the story, Algernon was the test subject in an experiment to dramatically increase the intelligence of a mammalian brain. The test was a qualified success on Algernon, which led it to be tested on a human subject. Algernon was a barometer for the success of the experiment. Algernon died from brain damage caused by the experiment.

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