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Thanks for the Mobius prize!

Posted by nootrope , 09 June 2008 - - - - - - · 1,004 views

Today I picked up from my ex-housemate my check for the "Mobius award" for blogging here. Thank you, Immortality Institute!


I had a look in a paper notebook I've been keeping for a while, and it seems to me as if I was more on top of things back in September: I was coming up with more creative ideas and was being more...


college reunion

Posted by nootrope , 28 May 2008 - - - - - - · 744 views

I went to my 20th college reunion. I think my diet, supplements, and exercise are keeping me youthful--a number of people commented that I looked almost the same as I looked when we graduated, or that compared with others I seemed hardly to have aged. (On the other hand, there could be a chicken-or-the-egg problem: maybe I'm into life extension /...


nootrope's fitness evaluation

Posted by nootrope , 03 May 2008 - - - - - - · 612 views

I've started a new job, moved to a new town, and joined a new gym. As for the first, now I'll have to pay even more attention to managing my cognitive skills, and won't have the luxury of concentrating only on gradual long-term betterment. I'll have to pay attention to how I solve problems day to day and finish projects.

As for the new...


piracetam, bacopa

Posted by nootrope , 16 April 2008 - - - - - - · 3,966 views

It's been a while since I updated this. I've passed the 12-week mark in my supplementation with bacopa. The double-blind human study that suggested that bacopa reduces anxiety and can improve recall only showed results after 12 weeks. The results for me are not dramatic. But I've also been on ashwagandha for 7.5 months. In this time my mood has...


finite complexity-->immortality? and new nootropics

Posted by nootrope , 12 March 2008 - - - - - - · 815 views

The NY Times had an article on Tuesday about a program to train laypeople in rural India in psychotherapy. It pointed out that many people in India are uncomfortabe talking about emotions. I think in this blog I've over-romanticized some of the traditional ways of India, partly because I've had success with ashwagandha, an ayurvedic herb.



supplement summary; alternative vs. pharma

Posted by nootrope , 13 February 2008 - - - - - - · 843 views

GABA for sleep hasn't seemed to work for me yet.

These are the nootropic supplements I've taken and what I think they've done for me:

Ashwagandha + relieves anxiety, improves mood, mental functioning
Bacopa + similar to ashwagandha, promotes concentration
Huperzine A +? promotes concentration


GABA for sleep?

Posted by nootrope , 04 February 2008 - - - - - - · 1,378 views

Last night I tried some GABA to see if it would help with sleep. Another one of ashwagandha's possible modes of action is that it may be a GABA-mimetic. Using GABA itself may not be very effective because it's not supposed to cross the blood-brain barrier easily. However, some people claim effects from GABA. I took 250 mg before sleep and then...


medications, Huperzine, benchmarks

Posted by nootrope , 01 February 2008 - - - - - - · 818 views

Yikes! The medication I've been taking, trileptal, has been linked to increased suicidal thought! I think this shows some of the difficulty with the current scheme for developing pharmaceuticals in this country. No doubt these medications have positive...


Huperzine A; benchmarks

Posted by nootrope , 31 January 2008 - - - - - - · 1,001 views

I tried the nootropic bacopa because ashwagandha had worked so well for me. I generalized that there might be something to the Indian ayurvedic tradition. Now I'm trying to make the generalization in a different direction. One of the many possible modes of action of ashwagandha is that it prevents acetylcholinesterase from breaking down the...


a few days in the fast lane

Posted by nootrope , 24 January 2008 - - - - - - · 630 views

I'm unusually busy these days. For a while my sense of how I've been doing, both in terms of my mood and in terms of developing my mental abilities, has been based on living in the slow lane. I've been taking time for long walks, waiting for obscure memories to pop into my mind, languidly connecting my experiences and ideas through daydreams....

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