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Response to L-Theanine: a 4000 Year Old Mind-Hack

RE: http://worldoftea.org/caffeine-and-l-theanine


As the original article speculates, the combination and amount of L-Theanine and caffeine present in tea, appears to have notable affects on my programming and problem solving abilities. It's difficult to show conclusive evidence to this claim, but I generally feel most alert and organized when coding under the influence of 2 - 3 cups. In a typical day I drink about 4 cups, dosed an hour apart. I feel compelled to introduce another "mind hack" for problem solving or programming, which I call "Dream coding"

"Dream coding" is just that, coding at night during sleep. One can successfully invoke this "mind hack" by provoking thought about the problem while drifting to sleep. Once sleeping I'm able to see my code and my brain seems to iteratively problem solve. Most often I'm lucid during these events; aware of the problem I'm trying to solve and of the possible solutions. Other times I don't recall performing the solutions, but when I wake and after my first cup of tea, I'm able to solve my problem with a optimal and beautiful solution.

PBS NOVA published an episode about this phenomenon: What are dreams?

Does this happen to you? Have you experienced this?

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© Russell Ballestrini.