Does the Red Queen Smoke?
Beyond sheer pleasure, they also offer me a cognitive and creative boost as well.
I strongly suspect that the physiological adaptations to nicotine that our bodies go through negate any benefit a long-time stimulant user might otherwise experience. People who use caffiene regularly don’t get a stimulating bonus from it, they’re penalized if they don’t use it. Why would we expect nicotine to be fundamentally different?
I’d bet smoking is to physiology what professional sports players’ superstitions are to psychology: they don’t make you do any better, but you do a lot worse if they’re taken away, so people belief in their efficiacy.
Do they really offer you an improvement over base functioning? Or did they redefine your ‘base’ so that you’re worse off without them? Readers (and especially Mr. Gomes), I’m interested in your thoughts and experiences on this topic.