Smart Drug Smarts is for people interested in brain health and optimization, and actionable applications of the latest breakthroughs in neuroscience.
We are living in an unprecedented Age of Discovery about how our brains operate, and growth in the theoretical body of knowledge is quickly giving way to real-world, practical applications. Including — at the risk of being overly simplistic — ways to make yourself smarter.
The human brain is the most complex system in the known universe. This is an unargued fact. And any engineer or logistics person will tell you: the idea of trying to affect such a complex system that we are only beginning to understand is, in a way, asking for trouble. And yet, every one of us alters our brain chemistry and neural connections constantly. Every time we eat a meal, we learn a fact, or we feel an emotion. Our brains are in constant flux, maintaining dynamic equilibria with their inner environments and allowing us to maintain them with the outside world.
So it’s no surprise that many of us, emboldened by recent scientific breakthroughs in our understanding of the brain, are looking to bolster its efficiency in any way we can. For some, this will be through optimal nutrition, for some through mental exercises with proven results, and for some by intentional chemical over-clocking with “smart drugs.”
Everyone has an individual level of risk tolerance, as well as an individual level of desire for what might be possible if his or her brain were tweaked just so. Indeed, decisions about one’s own mind are the most personal imaginable, and at the root of any definition of human freedom. Smart Drug Smarts is not about advocating one approach or another for how people approach the care and feeding of their own brains — it’s about providing an accurate-as-possible body of information in a field where the options available are growing daily.
We welcome your thoughts, comments, and participation.
Here’s to your growing brilliance.
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