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Smart Drug Smarts: Brain Optimization | Nootropics | Neuroscience

By Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric

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Description

"Intelligence is as fixed as a person's height." Right? But guess what - you're part of the species that invented platform shoes, stilts, elevators, helium balloons and rocket ships. Smart Drug Smarts is for people interested in maximizing their brains -- both in health and utility -- using the latest findings in neuroscience. Join Jesse Lawler as he chats with neuroscientists, biochemists, futurists, and multi-domain researchers into cognitive enhancement. Sleep, optimal nutrition, supplements and nootropics, cognitive enhancement, Artificial Intelligence, ketogenic diets, psychedelics, and tDCS are all on the table. Smart Drug Smarts doesn’t advocate any particular approach -- we’re here to provide an accurate-as-possible body of knowledge in a field where the options available are growing daily.

Customer Reviews

Wow… just what I was looking for...

I've been looking for a solid podcast about smart drugs for a long time, and it looks like Jesse might be the guy to deliver it. The first 2 episodes are jam packed with great information (I was compelled to write down a ton of notes as I listened), and based on the information I heard I even made a purchase of a new supplement to try! The show is super professional, recommended to anyone interested in cosmetic neurology -- or just being a little bit smarter :)

Great Podcast!!!

This is a subject that I have been very interested in recently. It amazes me that a supplement can make me so much more productive.

- Thanks for the great info!

Straight up Pseudoscience

Ugh... Not going to get those 30 minutes of my life back. Very disappointing, but i managed to bear through episode 1 so I could give the show a fair shot.

First off, the show description is misleading. The shows host and guest are openly hostile towards evidence based medicine, referencing the all-natural fallacy repeatedly (this is where the only evidence required to prove a supplement works is to state that it is all natural). The host accepts everything the quack (sorry the alternative Medicine guest) asserts by simply stating "its been proven."

The part I found most funny was during the large segment on what quack products can extend life and prevent aging, the host brought up calorie restriction. I thought "Finally! A single piece of information that isn't totally made up pseudoscience." Well, I spoke too soon, although the quack (guest! Sorry I can't help it) goes back n forth a bit, eventually states that on the whole there is actually no evidence supporting calorie restriction extending longevity.

In other words, the entire segment is spent claiming snake oil supplements are proven effective at extending life, and the one and only reproducible method ever shown to have some scientific validity at the claim really doesn't actually work. Hilarious. This show, at least as seen in episode 1, is a disservice to society at large.

For actual biologists/chemists (or anyone with a science or evidence based medical background) who know how to spot quackery, the show is entertaining to play a game of name-the-logical-fallacy. For the uncritical public, it has the potential to do real harm, if the host doesn't start vetting his guests. Or at the very least he should change the show description to mention that it is for a alternative (non evidence based) medicine inclined audience.

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