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Insight : The Road To Posthumanity
A small sketch of possible methods to expand our capacity:
- Mental techniques to improve our effective intelligence, memory capacity, train our creativity, motivation and efficiency .
Exists, in most cases proven and easy to use. See for example psychological tricks and intelligence amplification.
- Simple neurochemical tools (nootropics , imprint-erasing drugs , mood enhancements )
o nootropics : Their efficiency is debatable, but it is possible to optimize brain chemistry, for example by regulating food intake. Currently nootropic drugs are probably more a complement to other mental techniques
o imprint -erasing drugs : More research is needed to learn how to use them safely and efficiently.
o mood enhancements : Known for millennia, but in definite need of improvement. See "The Hedonistic Imperative" by David Pearce for an overview and a sketch of a posthuman mental state.
- Computer aids for thinking and communication (hypermedia, Internet, mobile and wearable computers ).
Already exists, and are under fast development. Better user interfaces are however needed.
- Diet and excercise to improve health and slow ageing , possibly combined with antioxidants and melatonin.
Traditional preventative care strives to reduce or avoid various diseases and states of unhealth, and is mostly very tried and tested. Calorie restriction and similar more radical methods are not yet well tested on humans, but appear to be promising.
Link : 11 steps to a better brain
--I found this article, on del.icio.us :)
It doesn't matter how brainy you are or how much education you've had - you can still improve and expand your mind
. Boosting your mental faculties doesn't have to mean studying hard or becoming a reclusive book worm. There are lots of tricks, techniques and habits, as well as changes to your lifestyle, diet and behaviour that can help you flex your grey matter and get the best out of your brain cells. And here are 11 of them.
o Smart drugs
: Does getting old have to mean worsening memory, slower reactions and fuzzy thinking?
drugs (use as advised) : modafinil , Ritalin --for heavy duty negotiations--
o Food for thought
: You are what you eat, and that includes your brain. So what is the ultimate mastermind diet?“Junk food is implicated in a slew of serious mental disorders”
food : B Vitamins , omelette and salad for lunch, yogurt, strawberries and blueberries
o The Mozart effect
: Music may tune up your thinking, but you can't just crank up the volume and expect to become a genius
.. Mozart piano sonata seems to stimulate activity in three genes involved in nerve-cell signalling in the brain. .. use your iPod !! :D
o Bionic brains
: If training and tricks seem too much like hard work, some technological short cuts can boost brain functionhttp://www.newscientist.com/data/images/archive/2501/25011901.jpghttp://www.newscientist.com/data/images/archive/2501/25011902.jpg
o Gainful employment
: Put your mind to work in the right way and it could repay you with an impressive bonus“Working memory training could be the key to unlocking brain power”
.. "Genetics determines a lot and so does the early gestation period," he says. "On top of that, there is a few per cent - we don't know how much - that can be improved by training." always train it .. use crossword puzzles., or scrabble.
o Memory marvels
: Mind like a sieve? Don't worry. The difference between mere mortals and memory champs is more method than mental capacity
“We always remember highly emotional moments better
o Sleep on it
: Never underestimate the power of a good night's rest
.. "If you have been awake for 21 hours straight, your abilities are equivalent to someone who is legally drunk,".says Sean Drummond from the University of California, San Diego
o Body and mind
: Physical exercise can boost brain as well as brawn
“Get a mental lift by bending over backwards
.. that aerobic exercise may boost mental powers by getting extra oxygen to your energy-guzzling brain..
o Nuns on a run
: If you don't want senility to interfere with your old age, perhaps you should seek some sisterly guidance
.. As one of the sisters put it, "Think no evil, do no evil, hear no evil, and you will never write a best-selling novel.".
o Attention seeking
: You can be smart, well-read, creative and knowledgeable, but none of it is any use if your mind isn't on the job
“Avoid working near potential diversions, such as the fridge
One way to do this is with drugs such as amphetamines and the ADHD drug methylphenidate, better known as Ritalin. Caffeine also works. But if you prefer the drug-free approach, the best strategy is to sleep well
, eat foods packed with slow-release sugars, and take lots of exercise
. It also helps if you are trying to focus on something that you find interesting
o Positive feedback
: Thought control is easier than you might imagine
And there are hints that the method could boost creativity, enhance our orgasms, give shy people more confidence, lift low moods, alter the balance between left and right brain activity, and alter personality traits. All this by the power of thought.
pse look on http://www.newscientist.com/channel/being-human/mg18625011.900