A claimed that modafinil (marketed as Provigil) is the world’s safest smart drug while a 2015 article in The Guardian systematic review published in European Neuropsychopharmacology found that modafinil does in fact enhance cognition, and it is safe in the short-term, with few side-effects and no addictive properties.

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Originally published at https://www.samwoolfe.com on June 14, 2021.

Mentoring has a wealth of benefits, both for the mentor and the mentee. Despite this, the vast majority of workers don’t have one. According to Forbes, only 36% of workers have one, despite 76% agreeing that mentors are valuable. It’s unclear exactly why this is. Perhaps some people don’t know where they would find a mentor or what qualities they should be looking for in them. It could also be the case that people are wary about asking for help, based on a belief they don’t need it or that asking for it would be a way of burdening someone.

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Originally published at https://www.samwoolfe.com on June 9, 2021.

Digital antinatalism is the philosophical view that it is morally wrong to create sentient artificial intelligence (AI). It is a variant of antinatalism, which promotes the view that we should refrain from procreating for moral reasons. We can consider digital antinatalism to be a selective — or weaker — form of antinatalism since one may subscribe to this position but not antinatalism pertaining to humans or non-human animals. If you were an antinatalist with respect to all sentient beings (human, non-human animal, extraterrestrial, machine), then you would be a universal or strong antinatalist.

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Originally published at https://www.samwoolfe.com on June 7, 2021.

The idea of eating insects can seem a bit unappealing if you’ve been brought up with a Western diet. We do eat them as a novelty or inadvertently as food colouring. However, insect-eating (known as entomophagy) is common in many cultures across the world. Humans have been eating insects from prehistoric times to the present day. If people in the West could get over our knee-jerk aversion to eating insects, there would be many benefits by introducing some crickets into our diet. Indeed, in terms of sustainability, doing so may be necessary.

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Originally published at https://www.samwoolfe.com on June 1, 2021.

Before I started my round-the-world trip in 2015, a few people asked if I would still stay vegan while travelling, sceptical that it was possible. In the early days of the job I had before this trip, I remember talking to the director of the company at lunch about the topic of vegetarianism (after she discovered I don’t eat meat), and she mentioned that she had a friend who was vegetarian but who later gave up the diet. I asked her why. She said: “She went to Latin America”. Already this sowed the seeds of doubt as to whether I could remain vegan in countries such as Argentina, which is famous for its beef-oriented diet.

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Originally published at https://www.samwoolfe.com on May 24, 2021.

The UK has decided to formally recognise non-human animals as sentient beings (this includes all vertebrates by default but invertebrates could be included later should their sentience be scientifically established). The introduction of an Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill and an Animal Sentience Committee is decidedly a win for animal welfare campaigners. Additionally, a host of new animal welfare measures will see the halting of most live animal exports, a ban on hunting trophy imports, a ban on the import and export of shark fins, a ban on keeping primates as pets, a ban on e-collars that deliver electric shocks to pets, a crackdown on illegal hare coursing, a restriction on the use of glue traps, the tackling of puppy smuggling, and a potential ban on foie gras.

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Originally published at https://www.samwoolfe.com on May 18, 2021.

The psychology of philosophy is a relatively new field. It refers to the relationship between psychological traits and philosophical beliefs. This field garnered significant attention recently with the publication of a new study from the psychologist David B. Yaden and the philosopher Derek E. Anderson.

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Originally published at https://www.samwoolfe.com on May 17, 2021.

Benjamin Sack is an American artist who is noted for creating hyper-detailed drawings of cityscapes that mingle realism with abstraction. He depicts infinite cities, architectural labyrinths of dizzying detail. When I first came across his work, I was incredibly impressed (mindblown, to be honest) to see how he represented both the infinite and the infinitesimal through pen and ink drawing. The painstaking detail involved pushes the boundaries of imagination and complexity in architectural art.

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Originally published at https://www.samwoolfe.com on May 10, 2021.

This guest post is by John Robertson, the owner of the blog Maps of the Mind.

At the start of last year, I decided to commit to a plant-based diet. This final step came after years of being in this very strange place of being a supporter of plant-based diets and generally understanding and agreeing with every argument for them but somehow never fully adopting or sticking to it.

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Originally published at https://www.samwoolfe.com on May 6, 2021.

If you are interested in having a psychedelic experience, you may be put off by the prohibited status of many psychedelics. This is understandable. Ideally, no one would want to pursue an experience that involves committing any crimes. Fortunately, there are still many legal psychedelics you can possess and consume. The purpose of this article is to highlight legal and decriminalised psychedelics in the US and the rest of the world. You can either enjoy a legal psychedelic experience in your home country or somewhere abroad, depending on the particular psychedelic you would like to take.

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Originally published at https://www.samwoolfe.com on May 3, 2021.

Sam Woolfe

I'm a freelance writer who is interested in philosophy, ethics, psychology, and mental health. Website: www.samwoolfe.com

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