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Experience Engineering Is the Most Important Skill of 2020

Gain influence over experiences through awareness of how the brain creates them.

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Experience engineering is a philosophy, lifestyle, and skill, which entails purposefully treating your body to improve your mental health and performance.

Everybody is already trying to engineer their experience, but many people are unfortunately not aware that is what they’re trying to do.

The human brain is engineered by evolution to mostly seek short-term rewards. Observing addictions in yourself is the first step towards successful experience engineering. Consciousness instead of ignorance about your own mind and body is crucial for achieving what you want in life.

I think that the only effective ways to change, if you want to be happier or whatever, is to change your biology [1].

Whether you look at our brains or our experiences from a neuroscientific perspective or an introspective, mindful one, the self is certainly a construction of your thoughts.

Experience engineering entails observing the creation of the illusion of the self in every moment and changing it: changing yourself, in order to achieve deliberately created goals.

How to Succeed as an Experience Engineer

Being a successful experience engineer entails enabling yourself to efficiently adapt to circumstances, moving from where you are to where you want to be.

Examples of When I Engineered My Experience for a Specific Goal

The first time I was interviewed for another podcast, I was a bit anxious during the hours before the interview started at 4 p.m. So I decided to have a one-hour walk before I did it. I know that long walks are always anxiolytic for me, and thanks to my long walk, the interview was enjoyable.

Do you have social anxiety? That sucks. Now that you’ve become conscious of it (once again), you can engineer your experience to not include social anxiety.

Another time I engineered my experience for a specific purpose was before I wrote this post. I exercised before writing, which increased my creativity by 10 times — no kidding.

But the biggest gains in experience engineering come from changes that you make to your life in the long term.

For me, the basics, sleep, exercise, nutrition, mindfulness, have made the biggest impact on my experience of reality, and consequently my ability to achieve my goals. Nootropics have also helped me a lot.

What Do You Want to Engineer in Your Experience?

Most people want to be happy and intelligent.

That’s why Nootralize’s motto is “Enabling people to engineer happiness and cognitive performance in their experience.”

But to become a successful experience engineer, you need to be more specific about what you’re looking to achieve than happiness and cognitive performance.

What do you want to perform better at? Your job? Sports? E-sports? Speed reading? Mindfulness? Social interactions?

You boost your odds of reaching almost any goal that you can have if you’re cognitively capable and feel well. There are hundreds of tools and interventions that you can use to engineer cognitive performance and happiness into your experience, but the most science-backed and potent ones are sleep, exercise, mindfulness, and nutrition.

When you’ve gotten these basic experience engineering skills into your arsenal, you can probably benefit from using nootropics.

If you have the right mindset to nootropics use (awareness of risks and how to avoid them), you’re in a great position to experience engineering success.

Nootropics can be the first step towards a healthier lifestyle or supplement a good lifestyle, but not be a good lifestyle itself.

Based on the 178 human placebo-controlled studies with 7619 experimental group participants on 77 nootropics, we at Nootralize pursue science-based experience engineering through personalized nootropic recommendations.


By being aware of your actions, goals, and body, you can learn a lot about how your actions influence your experience. With this knowledge, you can start to engineer your experience for your individual goals in life. This often entails engineering cognitive performance and happiness into your experience. To do this, there are countless things you can do, among which using nootropics is one.

To achieve peak cognitive performance and well-being, make sure to upgrade your sleep, exercise, nutrition, and mindfulness.

Good luck with your experience engineering in 2020 and beyond.


[1] David Rönnlid, Joe Cohen. (2019). Personalized SelfHacking via Genetic Mapping with

Joe Cohen. The Nootralize Podcast.