"We picked up studies by neuroscience labs that would detail specific ingredients on the brain that have been proven either with mice or with humans to have some kind of effect on the human mind," he said."Looking back, as I'm older, I don't know if I would have been so ballsy as to be taking pills and formulas and powders that I found online and start testing them on myself," added Siegel, who's now 23.As their concoction grew more effective, the founders began offering it to friends and colleagues to try, he added."Once we had come up with a really good formula, we would make it, package it ourselves in our house—in my parents' basement, actually—and we would take it ourselves and hand it out to people and see what they thought," said Siegel.
Looking back, as I'm older, I don't know if I would have been so ballsy as to be taking pills and formulas and powders that I found online.
"The official reason is 'to keep the public safe'—this is the standard excuse given for police-state behavior," according to LifeLink's website. "A more plausible explanation might be 'to keep the public from becoming too smart.' A smarter public would be less tolerant of corrupt and incompetent government officials."Meanwhile, members of web forums like r/nootropics and the lifespan-enhancement site LongeCity experiment with more exotic chemicals, sometimes pooling their resources for bulk "group buys" of lab-made compounds.In one YouTube video series, a slender, ginger-haired young man identified as Isaac Bowers gives reviews of nootropics from a wood-paneled room lined with pill bottles.Taking piracetam for about a year, he experienced a mild cognitive boost and increased energy, but he reported unpleasant withdrawal when he quit taking the substance, he explains."After about two days, I fell flat on my face, in a sense," he says in one video. "All of a sudden, I'd go to think something, and it wouldn't be there."
The official reason is 'to keep the public safe'—this is the standard excuse given for police-state behavior.
Nima acknowledges some of his family might not be thrilled to hear of his experimentation but argues the idea of smart drugs is far from new. He pointed to Rita Levi-Montalcini, an Italian scientist who shared a Nobel Prize for her discovery of nerve growth factor, a protein which, as the name suggests, stimulates the development of nerve cells.
I don't think so far anyone who's a world-renowned genius did it through medication so far, but I want to be one of the first.