We believe that it is now both possible and necessary for human beings to dramatically upgrade our individual and collective capacities and safeguard the wellbeing of all.
Our mission is to help build a global alliance of responsible, empowered individuals and like minded groups dedicated to making this vision a reality.
Why We Exist
We believe fully optimized human beings lead to a better world. People being productive and creative in whatever it is that is theirs to do. But in many ways, our modern world works against us.
Our always-on connected lifestyle immerses us in a barrage of demands on our attention and processing power. Even at their best, our poor hominid brains are overwhelmed by the pings and buzzes of social media.
Our bodies are bombarded on a daily basis by ubiquitous toxin exposure and pollution-induced stress. Too much time indoors means we’re not getting enough vitamin D, and when even the healthiest food is grown in minerally-depleted soil, our nutritional needs are left unmet.
We came together over a shared interest in truly effective, whole system cognitive enhancement, and the desire to make these tools available to anyone who understands the value of a more powerful mind and who is ready, willing and able to take responsibility for their own experience.
Our Principles and Promises
A Science that is based on an unvarnished attention to reality:
“[Our] only test of probable truth is what works best in the way of leading us, what fits every part of life best and combines with the collectivity of experience’s demands, nothing being omitted.”
– William James
Competence over credentials:
If you know what you are doing and can play nicely with others, it doesn’t matter what your title is.
We believe in empowered responsibility. “The highest form of efficiency is the spontaneous coordination of a free people.”
– Woodrow Wilson
A Collaborative Spirit:
This new kind of science depends upon sharing research and results with honesty, rigor and respect. “The frontier of human productivity today is the power of extended collaboration.”
– Tammy Erickson
We use the best techniques of modern business to deliver on our mission. Mission centered, profit supported.
We say what we mean and we mean what we say. Congruence, truthfulness, and clarity.
Who We Are
In his 2013 answer to the annual Edge magazine question, Eric Weinstein made a distinction between two very different kinds of people: the “excellent” and the “remarkable”. The former, he says, have optimized for playing and winning the current dominant game. They have gone to the best schools. They have worked at the best institutions. They have excelled. Echoing evolutionary theory, he calls them “hill climbers” – and if you need to climb a hill, they are the right people to call.
But if the challenge is not to climb some well understood hill, but to cross the “adaptive valley” of the unknown, the excellent are woefully unprepared. If you need to wander through uncertainty in search of an as yet poorly understood but potentially vastly superior game, you need to call on an entirely different kind of person: the remarkable.
Meet some of the neurohackers (this list is ever growing).
Daniel Stickler, MD
Co-founder, Apeiron Center for Human Potential
Co-founder, Apeiron Academy
Human Potential Medicine
Sara Adães, Ph.D.
Human Development and University of Porto Faculty of Medicine
Scientific & Medical Advisors
Andrew Huberman, Ph.D
Neurobiology Group Leader
Stanford University School of Medicine
Brain Function, Development & Repair
Zachary Stein, Ed.D
Chair of Education Program, Meridian University
Ed.D. Human Development and Education, Harvard University
Jon Wilkins, Ph.D.
President, Ronin Institute
Professor, Santa Fe Institute
PhD, Biophysics Harvard University
Heather Sandison, ND
Naturopathic Doctor, Center for Advanced Medicine
Adjunct Faculty, Bastyr University
Technology, Business, & Industry Advisors
Until recently, the state of science was inadequate to address all the interrelated variables in a system as complex as the human mind and body.
With the advent of applied complex systems science, we now have a framework sophisticated enough to model the relationship between all the desired states we would like to inhabit, the underlying biochemical processes that regulate those states, and the most promising and effective technologies to optimize those neuroregulatory systems.
Our core focus is on developing a whole systems approach capable of generating insights and scientific breakthroughs impossible through the reductionist paradigm.
Projects of the Collective
The scope of this effort ultimately reaches every possible tool or technique for sustainably enhancing the quality of the mind/brain interface. We are most deeply focused on the science and the complex modeling necessary to deliver real efficacy in this space and on helping other people move the state of the art forward.
However, where there is a real gap between the best of what’s currently available and what’s scientifically possible, we will wade in directly. For example, we saw a need for a comprehensive nootropic stack for cognitive enhancement, hence Qualia.
Cutting edge applied neuroscience for radical cognitive enhancement
A guide to neurohacking tools and technologies
Platform for measuring changes in cognitive function
Vetted and curated resource of the most effective and promising neurohacking technologies
Qualia is the most comprehensive, effective cognitive enhancement nootropic in the world. With 42 scientifically researched ingredients, Qualia’s formulation has been designed to amplify all the aspects that matter most for optimal cognitive and nervous system functioning. It works by supporting the core underlying regulatory mechanisms of the brain and body that mediate our conscious experience.