“There were five exabytes of information created between the dawn of civilization through 2003, but that much information is now created every two days.”
Do you see the wonderful message in quotations, only slightly above where you are reading now? This is what we have come to. We exist in a world swarming with instructions, information, and potential enlightenment. Such an onslaught of data is something we simply cannot encompass. Humans have developed so many ideas that we aren’t biologically able to absorb them all.
Things weren’t always this way. We used to spend our time gathering berries, and our lives probably consisted of grunting and staring out into the distance with thoughtless skulls. Then…..for a brief moment…..something magical happened. We learned to eat meat. OMNIVORES! This is a widely believed reason for why our brains hit an exponential growth spurt, leading to an evolution of our species and the ridiculous thoughts we have today. It was a really neat event, I am positive. Unfortunately, the “new” has worn off of the gelatinous stuff inside of our heads, and we are no longer able to keep up with the information overload we have bombarded ourselves with.
Don’t take what I am saying to be a wicked presumption. Like everyone else, I just want to learn all the things and be fully aware in any task or situation. Once we take a step back, you will see my issue with the matter. The human brain can hold roughly one million gigabytes of data. Where is all of this extra space? Where is the access point? Why does your brain seem to get exhausted? Why does your mind tell you, “It’s ok, put the book down. You should rest.”
IT’S RUBBISH AND I DO NOT ENJOY IT.
Maybe our highly developed mind and personality are keeping the brain from functioning at its full potential. Maybe emotions are forcing it to remain bogged down with meaningless thoughts. Maybe, just maybe, evolution needs a little push from its most intelligent creations. Maybe it’s time for us to quit being pansies and find a method for endless attainment of knowledge.
We have all heard of the movie Limitless, starring that stud Bradley Cooper (for the ladies). Is it possible a pill similar to this exists? Are there methods for breaking through to higher brain functioning?
“Man is not going to wait passively for millions of years before evolution offers him a better brain.”
Nootropics, the Wonder Drugs
Nootropics are highly potent, and are a family of unrecognized cognitive enhancers. You have ingested a few of the less controversial versions. Caffeine, for example, works by obstructing Adenosine receptors in the brain. Why is it blocking Adenosine? This, my friends, is because Adenosine’s sole mission is to calm down your brain functioning. It tempts you into being tired. Caffeine brings it to a halt, giving you an alert feeling. Additionally, you have probably tried L-theanine. This is one of the main psychoactive compounds found in tea. It is super-safe, and helps to kill caffeine’s horrible side effects. It lowers heart-rate, anxiety, and won’t have negative effects on your sleeping patterns. It also boosts your alpha brain waves, giving you amazing attention abilities.
Another is Bacopa Monnieri. This is a memory enhancer. It has been tested more times than you can count on your fingers and those ten little piggies attached to your feet. Even the one that went to the market. Scientists aren’t sure how it works, but they know that it intensely increases blood flow to your brain and helps to modulate your seratonin. Also, the memory-enhancing effects have shown to be PERMANENT.
Lastly, hold on tight, I promise I have a purpose to all of this. We need to talk about the Racetam Family. This section of drugs is thought to increase the functioning of your neurons and their fluidity, or ability to adapt and learn. It also greatly enhances the functioning of your mitochondria, which we all know from 6th grade are the POWERHOUSES OF THE CELL. *insert rock-n-roll* One of these is Noopept. It is currently used in Russia to treat cognitive decline….and it works. There are officially methods to enhance your mental powers.
*Sadly, racetams and most other nootropics are illegal in the United States if you plan on using them for human consumption.
My question is, why aren’t more people experimenting with them? Why isn’t this widely publicized here? Why do they leave us to consuming massive amounts of coffee, just to barely function? Why haven’t we already been given a better method for learning about the environment and our function in it? NEWSFLASH. The joke is on whoever makes the rules around here. Logan and I want super brains, and we have a plan.
The Limitless Experiment
An experiment is currently in the making, which will be recorded weekly and placed on our site, along with the infamous Youtube. Logan and myself have both obtained a significant amount of Bacopa Mannieri, a mixture of L-Theanine/Caffeine, and I am awaiting my Noopept to arrive in the mail. Why should Russia have all of the fun? Additionally, we will both be putting to good use a Transcranial Direct-Current Brain Stimulator (tDCS), that will pump 1.5-2.0 mA of electrical current to the portions of our brain most related to cognitive-enhancement, learning, and happiness. Specifically, the dorso-lateral prefrontal cortex(F3).
If you are curious about tDCS, jump to my other post real quick and catch-up!
How will we be testing for increase in mental powers?
We will be using a mixture of 3 websites.
1st Data Collection– The first website and data collector, will be used solely for tracking our hopeful increase in happiness over the course of the experiment. This site will send us text messages throughout the day to monitor our happiness levels, via questionnaire. Over an extensive period of time, we hope to see increases. We want to be so happy we tinkle a little when we awaken in the morning, similar to those weird Chihuahuas.
2nd Data Collection- This website will allow us to test for increases in problem-solving skills, reaction-time, and general cognitive ability.
3rd Data Collection- The final website will allow us to record increases in memory, planning, concentration, and reasoning.
“Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.”
We will be performing brain stimulations every 2-3 days, for 20 minutes minimum and maximum. For the first portion of the experiment, the current will remain at 1.5 mA. This will give a slight tingling and burning sensation, but is nowhere near the equivalent of taking a shower with a microwave…so relax.
Finally, throughout the time-frame that the experiment is taking place, we will be consuming a mixture (to be decided soon) of the previously mentioned cognitive enhancers, known as Nootropics. Particularly, Bacope Monnieri, L-Theanine/Caffiene, and Noopept. The proportions have not been set in stone, but will be intertwined with the use of tDCS. I believe it was Abe Lincoln who once said, “Go big, or go home.”
We WILL find a more efficient way of learning, and will definitely share it with all of you when we do. Be prepared for the results, and don’t be in fear of a little harmless experimentation. How do you think amazing inventions like the Oreo and the Slinky were created, anyway?
A Marvelous Summary
To be blunt with you, I believe as our world progresses and we embark down the inevitable timeline of the future, we will all continue developing lazy tendencies and relying on others to figure things out for us. We leave it to the “scientists.” These habits are not what repelled us to the advanced technologies we have created, and the wondrous biological beings that we have come to be. Einstein arrived at his Theory of Relativity as a patent clerk, sitting behind a desk. He was in no way, shape, or form a professional, nor do you have to be to unveil absurd discoveries. I want everyone to learn, and I want everyone to do so incredibly fast. That is the purpose of this experiment. If a faster method for obtaining languages, musical talent, and memory retrieval/storage exists, why the hell aren’t we searching? We should all strive to be scientists and constantly tinker with our environment and ourselves. If we don’t, then what is our purpose? The human brain may be requesting a slight shove to evolve and cope with our world. It puts up with your emotional baloney, are you really going to ignore it when it needs assistance?
“We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.” – Stephen Hawking