When ABC News reached out to me, I was concerned they were going to do a hit piece on nootropics, but they did a very well thought out and researched piece that legitimately discussed nootropics and the features of them, and how they can help people learn and persevere. Whereas I was concerned that they might use sensationalist headlines, only a few affiliates did, and most stuck to legit talking points and on the whole, I think the segment casts Nootroo and more importantly nootropics in a good light. I care more about being a good steward of the nootropic concept than I do about promoting Nootroo.
I seek to protect the nootropic concept from those who seek to water-down or broaden it to fit their business interests. This is a major reason I opt to do the press vs staying heads down as people on the nootropics forums like reddit.com/r/nootropics and longecity.org would prefer, because if I don’t respond to their inquiries, they will find someone else, and no one else cares about the nootropic concept in the same way as I do, nor do they care as much about the vision of the term’s progenitor, Corneliu Giurgea.
They only used a tiny bit of footage of me, even though they spent an entire day filming me, hours at my house, including meditating, exercising, etc, then attending and filming one of my most ambitious talks yet, titled “Plants, Nootropics & Human Brain Evolution,” which attempted to combine topics from three major books, Plants, Drugs and The Human Brain, Human Brain Evolution, and Fundamentals to a Pharmacology of the Mind (Giurgea’s only directly published book on nootropics, and which I believe I own all available copies of…).
Here is an excerpt of the talk description before it is lost to the sands of internet time:
“We know a great deal about the mechanisms by which psychoactive substances work on the brain, but have you ever wondered WHY the molecules that plants create work in the human brain? Ever wonder what caused a huge increase in brain volume in a short-span human brain evolution?
Join us for a deep dive into the intersecting genetic heritage of mammals, plants, and insects and our surprising biological similarities and shared intercellular signaling pathways.
If you want to learn where evolution left off and what you can actively do to utilize the evolutionary mechanisms in your brain to augment yourself today, then come see Eric Matzner’s talk, “Plants, Nootropics, and Human Brain Evolution.””
When ABC wanted to film, the first thing they requested was access to our manufacturing facility to use for background etc, and when I declined they did go with a “competitor” of mine, which they then brought in the anchor for and interviewed them. Since that takes up a disproportionate amount of the interview and because that company does not make actual real nootropics under Giurgea’s definition, I have edited out their parts and present here Nootroo on ABC Nightline News [Nootroo Edit]
Here are some stills from the video: