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No Limits!

Having enjoyed the film, and written about it before, I noticed with hopeful anticipation that, “Limitless” has a spin-off TV series from CBS, shown in the UK by Sky One. After having watched the first three episodes it seems like the writers have missed an opportunity and turned it into yet another crime drama that sees new lead character, Brian Finch working for the FBI. I haven’t completely given up on it, as there is a potentially interesting link with the film. U.S. Senator Eddie Morra (the main character in the film, played by Bradley Cooper) has, as-yet undisclosed, nefarious plans for Finch.

If you haven’t seen the film or TV series, the basic premise is that a secret drug called NZT-48 opens the full potential of the user’s brain. The drug essentially has three effects.

Could NZT ever exist in real life? Perhaps, but it’s a long way off. Drug use in sport had seen remarkable gains in performance, most notably for cheats in cycling and athletics. The mix of chemicals in the brain is far more subtle than in the muscles of the body. So far scientists have discovered around 100 different molecule types that act as neurotransmitters. So-called smart drugs are far from achieving the fictional results. They can improve concentration but often with bad side effects such as headaches, insomnia and skin rashes.

If drug use isn’t the answer, can we achieve the miraculous gains some other way? Yes, to some degree. Let’s re-examine the three fictional effects:

Whilst you may not match he movie’s fantasy of being limitless, if you employ the strategies above in the real world your brain will have no limits.