Spontaneous Philosophical Tea Party™
We’ve all gone off to Starbucks after pulling an all-nighter studying, or gotten coffee so we could stay up longer. Some of us just have an addiction that we can’t break.
Because of some negative effects I’ve experienced from use of caffeine (sleep deprivation, tiredness, generally increased anxiety) I’ve been trying for a while to avoid it. However, I’ve noticed that I’m a much more prolific blogger when on caffeine. Sometimes I think it’s because it has some sort of effect that makes me more angry, or maybe it makes me type fast enough so I can get posts out in one sitting.
So whilst trying to type three different angry posts with ideas that had burst into my head today I started thinking about it. In his book, Symmetry, Marcus du Sautoy also mentioned that when he tried to break his coffee addiction he was unable to do mathematics as well so he gave in and just drank coffee to do math. When I’ve had a dosage of caffeine it also tends to make it easier for me to get ideas faster for schoolwork or just general random thoughts speeding through my head.
So for today’s tea party…
Does caffeine help you in your cerebral activities? What other side-effects do you experience from it and is it worth it?