[ExI] Which nootropics work best?

John Grigg possiblepaths2050 at gmail.com
Mon Mar 14 04:14:24 UTC 2011

My recommendation to Max and everyone is to get a GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP.
I think so many people look for a way to cut corners in this key area
that strongly supports proper brain function.  And the many tech and
entertainment distractions out there make it easy to try to fudge in
this area...

John  : )

On 3/13/11, Mike Dougherty <msd001 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sun, Mar 13, 2011 at 8:34 PM, spike <spike66 at att.net> wrote:
>> Spike?  It was Will Steinberg who posted the above comments.  I am no
>> hipster on these matters, this being waaaay outside of my area of
>> expertise.
>> I haven't commented at all on nootropics.  I am listening to those who
>> know.
>> Oh wait, perhaps you are referring to a comment I made recently where I
>> suggested leaving all of it alone?  OK, ja no problem.  Still I want to
>> see
>> what others say about this topic.
> Well, I knew you were reading. :)  Consider it a public aside then
> that I gave a nod to another thread where you expressed some dismay at
> our shortening attention span.  I too was once a multi-page poster.  I
> have since tried to be more succinct in appreciation of others' time
> as well as my own.
> I agreed with Will regarding the perspective shift granted by
> psychedelics.  I then went to the specific legality of that class of
> drugs.  It's not a long leap to imagine there are good reasons that
> those who maintain the status quo would keep any demonstrably
> effective cognitive-enhancing drugs from being widely available.
> Either keep them pricey enough that only those already well-off can
> afford them or make them outright illegal.  If both of those fail,
> discredit them as "silly ineffectual herbs, not FDA approved."
> I take a ginko extract in the morning and most times don't stop to
> even think about lunch.  If I don't restock when I run out, I do find
> myself watching the clock around 11:30 for lunch.  I'm not suggesting
> this has anything to do with appetite control, but when I'm focused on
> work (which requires thinking) then I'm just not paying attention to
> hunger.  As far as the reported memory improvement, I've not tried to
> be aware of memory performance.  Ginko is a vasodilator, so it makes
> some sense that improved blood circulation in the brain would have
> some benefit  (even if all it does is get nutrients in and help
> improved cooling)  I also don't take it on weekends because my wife
> doesn't appreciate the attention to detail that my employer prefers -
> I become pedantic about the use of words and their meaning, so it's
> better to be casual on weekends.  :)
> I have also had some positive experience with Gotu Kola.  I have a
> slightly increased alertness much like a cup of coffee, but without
> caffeine's somatic effects (including sleeplessness).  I just looked
> it up again, there may be some concern for impact on the liver - so it
> might not be a long-term daily supplement.  I mention it as an
> occasional study aid (yeah, right) or for 3-days-to-deadline long work
> hours.
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