The Immortality Institute aka Longecity.org forum, the most popular online community of Biohackers and tranhumanists. Their mission is to end the blight of involuntary death.
If you've ever wondered if there was a scientific community online where you can get your difficult questions answered and get respectful yet critical feedback on your Biohacking efforts I have good news for you... The Longecity community is precisely that! All the serious Biohackers hangout there discussing what they are doing and the latest performance and antiaging science, it really is one of my very best resources. If you see value in crowdsourcing you'll definitely want to join and be sure to connect with me on Longecity.org.
I have to admit something to you, yesterday I ate a package of cookies, it was my day off, I was just relaxing and I thought, you know I deserve a cheat day, why not? They were good going down, but then something strange happened. In the next hour or two after eating the cookies I was struck by how unhappy I became.
Even though I was sitting on my comfortable couch in my comfortable apartment, in the center of a fun city.
Even though, I'd had a kickass week doing the work that I love.
Even though I was just a few clicks away from a massive digital library of television and movies along with books I've bought on subjects that interest me or social networks full of people who would be eager to meet me.
Even though, I had a smart phone in my hand full contacts of people who I like spend time with, I just could not find even a modicum of relaxed satisfaction between my neurotic clicking, swiping and browser tab juggling.
In recent memory, it really was one of the most unhappy states I've found myself in.
This brings me to an important point, food has a subtle yet profound effect on our mood. Checkout this article, by Ben of BrainProTips.com - Jonathan Roseland
There's no doubt that diet is one of the most important modifiable risk factors for dementia. In addition to having a neuroprotective effects, regular consumption of certain foods confers a clear cognitive edge (Cha-ching! -JR). I always enjoy getting a new computer with excess RAM, no lag, and no bloatware. To make a bad analogy: these brain foods will upgrade your brain so that it’s just as snappy as a new computer.
Just like sleep flushes the brain of toxins, some foods seem to reverse brain aging. Colorful foods, like blueberries, are particularly antioxidant rich.
A Surprising Connection Between Food Color and Nootropic Effects
There’s an interesting connection between how colorful a food is and its antioxidant and nootropic effects.
Many colorful compounds (beta carotene, for example) are conjugated systems, with alternating single and double bonds. Note the alternating double and single bonds in the structure of beta-carotene, shown below.
You guys may know that I lost my religion. I was once a very religious, evangelical Christian and now I'm not.
One night, a while ago, I found myself in a very placid lucid dream, it wasn't one of those lucid dreams where you are having sex and fighting with lightsabers, I was just in a dark room lounging on some bean bags, talking with a red haired woman. I had conducted the digital text test so I knew I was dreaming and I asked her a difficult question:
I was once very religious with strong faith, now I am not. When I was religious I always believed that none-religious people, while claiming intellectual reasons for their atheism where actually just using it as an excuse for their hedonistic activities. Now I carry on a fairly hedonistic existence and I'm not religious. Am I really intellectually justified or am I just avoiding my maker because my moral standards are a shadow of what they used to be?
Tough question right? And a question that could really be answered by oneself.
The character in my lucid dream responded that I was indeed bullshitting myself; that I was a none believer of convenience not conviction. That I was not intellectually justified.
It's naive to deny that drugs are a shortcut to confidence. In the past 5 years I've self experimented with over 70 smart drugs along with a variety of brain training software Apps and mindfulness techniques. During this period I've also put in well over seven thousand hours practicing a range of social dynamics skills sets. I'm not going to lie; it's been pretty damn fun.
Over this time I've recieved innumerable emails and communicated with a spectrum of people suffering silently from what I think is quiet likely the most insidious mental illness of our time; social anxiety. Which, believe it or not, is something I too have to deal with from time to time. The Open Source Biohacking Protocol which follows presents a novel, yet holistic approach to beating social anxiety.
The Good News
A 50% 'Cure'
For Public Speakers
The Social Smart Drugs
What about alcohol?
The Digital Tools
Attending Public Events
The Weekly Protocol
No FAP (For men)
What to do at Public Events
The Bad News
Since this is an Open Source protocol it is going to change and improve over time. If you have not already, I highly encourage you to join our newsletter to be notified of updates to it and stay at the cutting edge of developments at this exciting intersection of Biohacking, personal development and social dynamics. Download this protocol in PDF.