Neurological Free Lunch

I once spent two weeks caffeine-free on a whim – I wanted to see what life was like.  Turns out that after the withdrawal was done, life was exactly the same, only slightly less fun.

After all the studies on caffeine seeking to show that it is harmful, and the continual drizzle of bullshit from Buzzfeed repeating old wives tales, perhaps it’s time to accept that maybe, just maybe, there is such a thing as a perfect drug.  Yes, if you have trouble sleeping, are unusually sensitive to caffeine’s effects, are allergic, have firm views about the working conditions of brown people, or otherwise have a serious and thought-out reason for refraining, perhaps then caffeine isn’t for you. Or maybe you just don’t like it, that’s fine.

But for all the people who assume that because it’s enjoyable it must be bad for you I would say the following: Firstly that it’s not been shown to have any significant negative effects, but it has been proved protective against diabetes and alzheimers. Secondly, your assumption that fun things are always bad seems quite perverse to me and has echoes of those Northern European Protestant movements which basically tried to make life as un-fun as possible, in contrast with the barmy but undeniably fun Catholic church.

Yes, there is such a thing as a free lunch, or at least one that is easily affordable within your neural budget. Just don’t overdo it, although you probably know that already.

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