Smart Drugs,

#085: Abelard Lindsay and the Story of Mitogen

July 16, 2015

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.

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Show Notes
  • 00:00:33

    A special week for Jesse.

  • 00:02:30

    This Week In Neuroscience: Good news for aging brains.

  • 00:04:19

    Launch of AxonLabs - What the listeners had to say.

  • 00:07:52

    Jesse introduces Abelard Lindsay.

  • 00:09:04

    What are nootropics?

  • 00:09:42

    How Abelard Lindsay became a citizen-biohacker.

  • 00:13:08

    What aspects of cognition are actually worth optimizing?

  • 00:14:33

    A glimpse into Abelard Lindsay's research methodology.

  • 00:16:23

    Biological brains vs Artificial Intelligence.

  • 00:21:02

    Efficacy of traditional herbal supplements - The Lindy Effect.

  • 00:22:08

    The "Smart" in Smart Drugs.

  • 00:24:11

    The creation process of Mitogen - what made the cut and what didn't.

  • 00:30:11

    The mechanism of Mitochondria.

  • 00:31:52

    Protein folding.

  • 00:35:47

    Ruthless Listener Retention Gimmick: Improve memory by talking to yourself.


  1. Nootropos says:

    Who is the author of review articles on nootropics Abelard used to read?

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