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book satires life extension

Posted by nootrope , 29 September 2010 - - - - - - · 1,256 views

I'm really enjoying reading Gary Shteyngart's new book, Super Sad True Love Story.

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The book extrapolates current social and political trends for the purpose of satire, and Kurzweil/Life Extension Foundation style transhumanism comes in...


Nootrope's Update

Posted by nootrope , 25 December 2009 - - - - - - · 1,338 views

I've been away from this blog for a while. I guess one has to be a paying member of the Immortality Institute to post? For some reason I used to be able to post, but then the software wouldn't let me. When I first started writing here, there was a prize for the best blog here (I won, go me!) Maybe the blogs were free back then for that...



Posted by nootrope , 04 May 2009 - - - - - - · 3,887 views

So I'm trying modafinil, a very popular "nootropic", mentioned left and right in articles (The New Yorker, the Nature article on scientists who use mental performance enhancers). This is a bit of a departure for me and I feel a little strange about it. A friend of mine, who knows I am interested in nootropics, and who is also bipolar, gave me...


workouts, genes, supplements

Posted by nootrope , 25 March 2009 - - - - - - · 931 views

I haven't updated this in a while. I have lots of news!

1) I got another fitness assessment at the gym. Not as much progress as I'd like. I've obviously been becoming more muscular, as my chest circumference has increased a few inches, but my body fat % has stayed the same at around 15%. My "body age" is 35 years, which would seem...


dual n-back brain exercises, DNA sequencing, workouts, supplements

Posted by nootrope , 26 January 2009 - - - - - - · 3,970 views

Well, I wrote an entry a few weeks ago, but the computer ate it!

There's been some discussion of a computer-assisted memory exercise that, according to academic research, may be able to increase one's score on "fluid intelligence" tests. The trick is to train your memory of two independent sequences at the same time. In the...


cholesterol; piracetam; adding meat to diet

Posted by nootrope , 15 December 2008 - - - - - - · 1,521 views

I don't think I mentioned that back in September, I had my cholesterol levels and triglycerides measured.

Total Cholesterol: 146
HDL ("good"): 40
LDL ("bad"): 87
TG: 48

Comparing these with results displayed on an Immortality Institute Forum...


changing and staying the same

Posted by nootrope , 30 November 2008 - - - - - - · 794 views

I haven't updated this in a while, although I meant to at several times. A couple of changes in my life: my bipolar mood problem flared up for a bit. Apparently the ashwagandha and bacopa remedies weren't strong enough, although at one point I traveled and didn't bring my ashwagandha with me. The conventional medicines may well have made things...


dealing with stress

Posted by nootrope , 04 September 2008 - - - - - - · 1,807 views

As I mentioned in an earlier entry, I was experimenting with rhodiola, which I thought was a bit risky for me to take. It had some positive effects, but as I said I thought it also raised my sensitivity to rejection. Having just experienced some romantic rejection, I figured it was extremely counterproductive for me to continue taking rhodiola, and I...


fitness, life update

Posted by nootrope , 05 August 2008 - - - - - - · 818 views

I need to update this more regularly!

My gym workouts continue to go well. I'm squatting 180 pounds for 15 repetitions, for 1-3 sets. Each time I do a set I get a huge endorphin rush. When I was 25 years old, I decided to do a lot of weightlifting (for a Ph.D. student!), figuring that I'd lose muscle as I aged, and that this was my only...


life expectancy, rhodiola

Posted by nootrope , 27 June 2008 - - - - - - · 860 views

Increased U.S. Life Expectancy

It's great news that US life expectancy has gone up by 3 months. I think that's just what this community should focus on. There's much that seems from here to be very far in the future, or at last very speculative: downloading our personalities into computers, cryogenics, etc. Not that there's anything...

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