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HACK THIS! – Personal Human Performance Enhancement and Neuro Hacking at HIVE13 this Tuesday Mar. 26, 2013

March 26th, 2013

What would be the ultimate HACK?  How about the human brain?  Can you really think faster using a few simple components and a 9v battery?  Want to learn what others are doing?  Want to try it (on) yourself?

Learn about the approaches to lifehack your way to better mental and physical performance.  Neuro equipment can be built by hackers on a reasonable budget to do everything from brain imaging to changing actual neuronal functioning.

Join us at HIVE13 this Tuesday, March 26, at the 7:30 pm meeting for a stimulating intellectual enlightenment.

Did you meet that interesting guy, Judas (JohnM) that has been hanging out at the HIVE this past month?  Did you know he was  on sabbatical from that other hackerspace out of San Francisco called NoiseBridge?  Did you wonder what kind of circuit boards he’s been making during his time here?  Well, he’s going to give us a special show-and-tell before he leaves us to go back home.

Members, guests, and interested first-time-walk-ins are welcome to come to hear him pontificate on personal human performance enhancement and neuro hacking.  Come to learn this new left coast hacking skill.  It could be a mind-blowing phrenological experience.  (Find Us)

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  1. March 27th, 2013 at 09:13 | #1

    This Judas guy better watch out, he admitted to distributing an experimental drug with no medical license and failing to disclose the side effect that it makes people angry. It was irresponsible not to vet this guy before he gave his talk. He is going to dose someone one day who will go postal.

  2. March 27th, 2013 at 09:24 | #2

    The rest of his advice, meditation and exercise, was a no-brainer. LOL

    BTW, the 4 Hour Work Week guy he referred to is a fraud in my opinion. You can’t build a financial empire with only 4 hours of work per week. It’s just common sense, but many gullible people will still pay for that guy’s books and workshops because people want something for nothing.

    So, he brings up this guy and says his 4 Hour Body book is for real. OK, maybe, since that guy came from the fitness field before he went for bilking op-seekers – but how much of his physique is due to the drugs he is taking? You know, the ones that make him angry?

  3. Marcus
    March 27th, 2013 at 10:52 | #3

    The half hour of disclaimers he lead with were sufficient for me. I enjoyed this talk and expect a high level of “carefully assess the risk for yourself” with things and ideas I am likely to encounter at a hacker space.

  4. Jordan
    March 27th, 2013 at 13:33 | #4

    Emily, I understand that you disagree with the premise of the talk, but I don’t think your criticisms are accurate.

    Yes, meditation and exercise are known to be good for you. John didn’t present it as new or groundbreaking information. What he did was state the specific cognitive benefits such as increased white matter density from long-term meditation as they relate to enhanced mental performance. It’s common knowledge that meditation and exercise are “good” for you, but common knowledge has a very amorphous/ephemeral sense of what that “good” might be. He listed specific benefits that were germane to the presentation’s theme.

    Further, as Marcus pointed out, a significant portion of John’s talk was devoted to disclaimers. John stated over and over again that he *doesn’t* think stimulant abuse is an effective or reliable cognitive enhancement method. Modafinil (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modafinil) is the only drug he spoke even somewhat positively about, which it has been through FDA testing and is readily available by prescription; so it’s hardly an ‘experimental’ drug at this point. It’s Schedule IV, which means that while it’s controlled, it has numerous legitimate medicinal uses and is relatively harmless. I don’t agree with the premise of this part of the talk, but I certainly think John was more than clear about warnings and potential side effects.

  5. March 27th, 2013 at 16:03 | #5

    While I understand that hackerspaces are “edgy” and a bit anarchistic by nature, he said he had been giving other people this drug and purposely NOT DISCLOSING THE SIDE EFFECTS THAT HE KNEW ABOUT.

    That is unethical, regardless of censorship issues or medical licensing. It is in fact a violation of human rights, of a sort akin to the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment.

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