Published on July 15th, 2017 | by Jonas A.
What is Biohacking and Why Should You Care?
You could it call citizen or do-it-your-self biology. It takes place in small labs– mostly non-university– where all sorts of people get together to explore biology. If you don’t know enough biology to take part at first, you learn it along the way.
Here’s what he says: “There are two perspectives on biohacking. One is that biohacking is something you do to biology, outside of yourself; you’re going to change a cell; you’re going change an amoeba and make it glow in the dark. The other perspective on biohacking, the one where I spend my time, is that you can hack your own biology, and you can gain control of systems in your body that you would never have access to.”
Which gets us back to the original question: What is biohacking? Since it’s a citizen-run pastime, you decide.
Asprey– who has received attention online and at conferences– says he has used biohacking and new technical measurement tools and a low-toxic coffee he produces (Bulletproof) to alter his cognition, his weight and his general health. He takes supplements, applies electricity to his brain and his muscles, to improve his body and his mind.
” I see a distinct difference between the biohacking that Dave does and the biohacking that we’re doing. … Dave is interested in making himself an optimal human being, and much credit to him,” he said.
And Eri Gentry, who founded the Silicon Valley biohacking venue BioCurious, explains further: “The word hacker comes from MIT where hacks would be cool little tricks that you would play on each other, so when you’re done with your homework, you’re staying up all night, and you’ve got to have something to do, so they might coat the ceiling or the roof of a building in tin foil. This was a hack, and hackers came to be known in the 60s and 70s as the guys who were making the first computers.”
Whether Asprey belongs in the category of biohacker, is unclear. Gentry of BioCurious would admit him to the club.
He has not had his work evaluated by peers or duplicated by scientists, or published in scientific journals. He maintains that he “is a professional biohacker, so I spend most of my time sharing what I’m doing with people and I write about it online.”
” The whole idea of biohacking is that people feel entitled, they feel the ability to just follow their curiosity– where it should go– and really get to the bottom of something they want to understand. That’s not exactly what biohacking is.
As for the hacking part, “hacking is kind of like the freedom to sort of dig deep into something, just because you’re interested in it. … The whole idea of biohacking is that people feel entitled, they feel the ability to just follow their curiosity– where it should go– and really get to the bottom of something they want to understand.”