[ExI] Which nootropics work best?

Anders Sandberg anders at aleph.se
Tue Mar 15 13:45:46 UTC 2011

On 2011-03-14 18:32, Samantha Atkins wrote:
> But seriously, some of the brightest people I have known slept a lot.
> More like 9-10 hours than 5 or 6 or even my own normal 7.

There are some studies linking late morning habits to higher 
intelligence. Sleeping a lot is on the other hand correlated to higher 
mortality, even when controlling for depression and other obvious 
causative disease. But the individual variations are big.

Maybe being able to get up when it suits your biological clock rather 
than forcing a certain time has good psychological effects?

Here in Oxford at the philosophy department we joke about the dayshift 
and nightshift philosophers. The dayshift researchers come in in the 
morning and leave in the afternoon - many have families and lead fairly 
ordinary lives. The nighshift starts showing up in the afternoon and 
work all evening and night. The nice thing about philosophy is that it 
is a discipline where this works very well - we are not too dependent on 
working side by side. Might be harder to do well in a biology lab or 
company office.

Anders Sandberg
Future of Humanity Institute
Oxford University

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