Episode 85

This week Jesse is joined by long-time biohacker and self-professed nootropics geek Abelard Lindsay, in a freewheeling discussion including a behind-the-scenes look at how the recently launched Mitogen stack was born. Along the way, they make pit-stops into topics like the definition of nootropics, and Abelard’s thoughts on why biological brains, not A.I., may still hold the reins in the foreseeable future.

Also in this episode, Jesse shares some positive news about brain activity scanning — and how previous fMRI studies may have been painting a gloomier-than-reality picture of advancing age.

Episode Highlights

0:33A special week for Jesse.
2:30This Week In Neuroscience: Good news for aging brains.
4:19Launch of AxonLabs - What the listeners had to say.
7:52Jesse introduces Abelard Lindsay.
9:04What are nootropics?
9:42How Abelard Lindsay became a citizen-biohacker.
13:08What aspects of cognition are actually worth optimizing?
14:33A glimpse into Abelard Lindsay's research methodology.
16:23Biological brains vs Artificial Intelligence.
21:02Efficacy of traditional herbal supplements - The Lindy Effect.
22:08The "Smart" in Smart Drugs.
24:11The creation process of Mitogen - what made the cut and what didn't.
30:11The mechanism of Mitochondria.
31:52Protein folding.
35:47Ruthless Listener Retention Gimmick: Improve memory by talking to yourself.

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Written by Anushtup Chatterjee
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