Re: Which is the better nootropic?

Eliezer Yudkowsky (
Sun, 24 Nov 1996 11:19:21 -0600

> That inteligence and will are largely unrelated is the only
> explanation I can find for those of my (undeniably intelligent) friends
> who haven't been able to beat that monkey off their backs yet.

Heh. Under some circumstances, intelligence and will are inversely
proportional to each other. Check my guide to intelligence enhancement
using current technology, under "Countersphexist".

The emotion of frustration greatly reduces your will to continue, but
also invokes the cognitive functions of causal analysis and creative

I don't know if this would work as a general rule, but somebody ought to
check and see if willpower varies with the inverse of SAT scores. (Just
SAT scores - IQ tests, for example, won't work.)

P.S: I'm not a smoker, but I am an Algernon.

--       Eliezer S. Yudkowsky

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