So I discovered the real Limitless Pill and made two youtube videos which I link below! Proprioception, or staying balanced on an unsteady platform, challenges your whole nervous system. If you stay on that platform for a long time, and get on more difficult platforms, it really taxes your nervous system and it’s a nervous system stimulant and enhances focus.
It’s a more realistic cognitive enhancing technique than nootropic pills and nostrums. The movie Limitless, if you think about it, was just an update of the old Popeye cartoons where Popeye would be getting beat up by Brutus, then eat a can of soggy spinach, and then beat up Brutus. If you don’t know the reference, here’s an example:
Is this not merely an update of the Popeye myth?
We know Popeye is absurd. To become a fighter, you need regular training over a period of months or years.
To become a mental athlete, like a physicist or mathematician or polyglot or even a good debater, you need to train for years.
Cognitive enhancement is possible, but searching for it in a pill is barking up the wrong tree. The brain is part of the nervous system. Train the nervous system and the brain will work better. Proprioception, staying balanced on a ball, challenges the whole nervous system. If you do it for several minutes, your nervous system overloads and misfires. I dropped my phone and broke it trying to answer it the first time I did proprioception. After 5 minutes or so you recover, but it’s very real if you do it hard enough. Here’s the videos I made, this is how to do cognitive enhancement for real.
Legal Disclaimer: I’m just showing this for entertainment purposes. Don’t do these dangerous exercises you might hurt yourself. LOL.
While standing on the green ball one day I got a phone call. I jumped off and tried to answer the phone but ended up throwing it across the room quite by accident. Standing on the ball for an extended period of time really taxes your nervous system, making your hands shake, your balance unsteady, and you if you try to pick something up, you drop it.
This means that proprioception challenges the nervous system the way calisthenics and weights challenge the muscles.
I noticed a stimulant effect, like I had taken one of those GNC “mind focus” pills. I also noticed greater focus on my tasks, and that I slept very soundly that night as long as I avoided alcohol.
It’s not going to be like Limitless where you are a sudden genius, just like one is not an Olympic athlete on his first day of training in a sport. I would expect noticeable gains in cognitive enhancement after several months of doing proprioception at least 3 times a week, for at least 10 minutes per session. So 30 minutes a week of standing on a hard medicine ball and/or a bosu ball, over the course of a few months, combined with actual intellectual activities like reading complex books, writing blog posts, and studying math or some specialized subject.
Proprioception will also make you a better athlete and better fighter, but you’ll get the most out of it if you get math books and spend an hour or so a day working out math problems. I find the possibility of cognitive enhancement exercises fascinating and hopeful for humanity, so I highly recommend combining this with the rigorous mental exercises of mathematics.
Also, I think MMA fighters and boxers should study math to improve their Ring IQ or Cage IQ. I have been sparring with someone and I noticed that I see my sparring partner as a 3D geometry problem — how do I line up the geometry to make him defenseless and put me in a position to hit him hard in the head or torso? We are using boxing gloves and helmets, so no kicking or grappling at this point. I am trying to implement the Peek a boo technique, as is my sparring partner.