Lately my allergies have been so bad that they trigger asthma attacks. So I started taking some asthma meds and discovered an amazing phenomenon: It doubled my IQ. That's just an estimate, but it feels about right.

The increase doesn't happen right away, and it isn't a direct thing. One of the alleged side-effects of the medicine is that it kills libido in some people. That was my experience. The sex drive that had defined me for a lifetime just went away.

The first thing you need to understand is that when your sex drive disappears you don't miss it. You can't miss what you don't want. Rather than feeling irritable about losing the core organizing principle of my life, I felt relieved. It was like crossing off half of my to-do list with no effort whatsoever. My mind was clear. I was focused. I could go deep.

Losing my sex drive felt like a superpower. I had some of the best ideas of my life that week. (That is literally true.) Now I see why Captain Kirk sometimes moved power from life-support to weapons. When you have the option of putting all of your energy into one function - in my case my brain - it makes a huge difference.

My IQ as a eunuch was sizzling. In fact, if a eunuch applied for a job with me I wouldn't even ask any other questions. I would hire him on the spot. It would be like hiring Superman to move your furniture. I would know that guy was focused.

I should pause here to explain a few things to the women reading this blog. The typical male brain is a computer that has to reboot every 30 seconds. Men can think about non-sexual topics for half-a-minute, tops. But we know we'll die if we don't sometimes think about food and shelter and whatnot, so we're continuously bouncing between sex and non-sex thoughts. It never ends.

Sometimes we game the system by merging our sexual and non-sexual thoughts. During the workday it looks like this: If I get this new job, I'll make a lot of money, and that will increase my odds of sex. On our own time, it looks like this: If I exercise hard enough, my body will look attractive and that will increase my odds of sex.
And if you're married it looks like this: The news says there will be a meteor shower tonight. I hope my wife doesn't get hit by a meteor, but if she does it will increase my odds of sex.

Some days it's like a machine gun coming at you. You have to assemble packets as they cross your brain:....sex....boring stuff....sex...boring stuff....etc. You're multiplexing because you need to. You're wired that way. And it effectively lowers your IQ.

The founders of our country understood this problem. That's why a man can't be president until he reaches an age where the risk of civil war is more compelling than his next orgasm. Personally, I hadn't yet reached that point. But after a few hits of my asthma meds I was ready to negotiate some trade policy.

Unfortunately, this superpower doesn't last. Apparently my body is getting used to the meds. I'm feeling a return to normalcy and that means I'm having trouble focusing on finishing this . . . um. . . screw it. I'm going to the gym.

Scott Adams
Co-founder of CalendarTree.com

A dozen ideas that could change your life


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Jun 19, 2014
Generalizing your experience is a dangerous fallacy.
Jun 19, 2014
All I remember from this post is reading the word "sex" 10 times.
Jun 19, 2014
primatene or claritin-d - both are wonderful and still legal for now
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Jun 19, 2014

Your blog ratings were declining, so you pivot to sex? We'll need to get some girls in here if this is more than a one-off.

Sexual excitement is one of the few pleasures I actually feel, and can sustain for any length of time, giving it up sounds unpleasant to me. But since I got married 16 years and 318 days ago and haven't had sex in the last 16 years and 311 days, maybe it's worth the trade-off? (Yes, I'm sure it's not that I'M bad in bed. I can prove it.)

Losing my business, my retirement and my home, never seemed a good trade-off for a little nookie. Is my lack of sexual activity, increasing my desire, fueling my lack of focus? Hmmm. Does that mean I CAN blame my wife for my not being a success?

Not to get too personal, but he started it.
[The sex drive that had defined me for a lifetime - the core organizing principle of my life.]
Ya, I'm not sure I needed to read that. I've now got this image in my head of an albino preying mantis..., nevermind.

- You have been using different keywords in your links for your book, has it helped your SEO for those keywords?

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Jun 19, 2014
Scott's theory: Men's brains are so focused on the hope of having sex that their mental processing power is reduced. Eliminating the sex drive frees up the processing power, increasing IQ.

Alternative theory: Men's brains are so filled with the delusion that they will have sex they have less mental capacity for other delusions. Eliminate the delusion that they might get sex, and they'll be free to have other delusions, such as that they are smarter than they actually are.
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Jun 19, 2014
Great blog entry. I'm male and generally concur. Much as I can't help it, libido is a ball and chain.

Caveats. I don't think about sex much when programming, or at least in the zone. Neither when competing at sport. I guess you might if playing tennis with attractive young ladies watching, but I need all my focus to have a hope. Partially, at least, these caveats make me spend as much time as possible on these pursuits.
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Jun 19, 2014
When I was young & the good Lord had seen fit to bestow on me a huge sex drive coupled with a crap ability to chat up girls. A wise old colleague of the time said “when you have sex it means nowt, when yer ‘bowt’ its everything “ His opinion was dismissed as an old duffers comment. But now with a regular-ish supply of the old ‘hey ho’ with its obligatory post orgasm small talk, such jobs as !$%*!$%*! the callipers on the mountain bike, complete with excessive fine tuning, has acquired a fascinating attraction that was never there before.
Jun 19, 2014
I have asthma. What meds are you taking so I know what to avoid? Because when it comes to being pleasured in a purely physical way or anything else, I will settle for the former. I can think any time, sex is getting less regular than when I was younger. Excuse me I have to
Jun 18, 2014
Last time I commented was maybe a year ago. This topic hit the spot.

Only recently, in my late 40's have I been so sated with sex that I lost appetite for it. Meditation had something to do with it I think. I definitely can back you up though... when a man loses his sexual urges, all the sudden the mind is REMARKABLY clear. You're free to focus on what you want, for as long as you want. You stop combing your hair - it wastes time. You stop looking at every girl as you drive by in the car. You just don't care. You begin to see what a tremendous TIMESUCK the sexual urges are.

If I'd have had this in my twenties, I'd have taken over the world.

As it is, I'm just getting started. I figure I'll write another book first. Something about how God setup the world, everything living in it - the animals, plants, us... to fail miserably.

Don't take my idea Scott. I'm already well into it and I'll beat you to the market.

Cheers man. Come to Thailand and visit me. We'll talk smart talk - two guys with 160 IQs...
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Jun 18, 2014
The opposite seems to be true as well. If you are having sex 4 or 5 times a day, every day, you tend to not think about it much. It becomes tiresome. A job, if you will. And you think about pretty much everything else all the time. Sometimes it's baseball, or financial derivatives, or the world cup (Go Team USA!), or that algorithm you've been working through, or the situation in Crimea, or that database schema you're optimizing, or that silly calendar app, or .. well, you get the idea. Over doing anything makes you try not to think about it while not actively engaged in it. And I agree with Scott's premise that you cannot miss what you never had, or desired, but that's the other end of this particular pendulum.

Ah well, back to "work."
Jun 18, 2014
Ancient joke: Psychiatrist shows patient a series of ink blots. Every blot makes the patient yell "SEX!"

Psychiatrist says, "You have an abnormal obsession with sex."

Patient says, "Me? You're the one who keeps !$%*!$%* !$%* in the office!"
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Jun 18, 2014
"if a eunuch applied for a job with me I wouldn't even ask any other questions."

I've also heard good things about eunuchs programmers.
Jun 18, 2014
I don't know, for me, thinking about sex is mostly a function of boredom and/or frustration. When things are going well, or I'm doing something interesting, or I'm having some other positive sensory experience (like eating), I don't usually think about it. Still, I figure I'd probably gain some productivity by never thinking about it. At the very least, it would be one less distraction.

As a side note, I'm pretty sure I know at least a couple women who think about sex more than the average man I know.
Jun 18, 2014
So why aren't we giving kids in highschool and college stuff to lower their libido? They are at an age where their hormones are out of control and they could put their time and energy into better uses.

Like studying.
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Jun 18, 2014
Maybe the wrong part of me is in control right now, but that sounds like a horrible trade-off
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Jun 18, 2014
Great post!

I've heard that ADHD medication can make most of us super-productive, but a side-effect is lower libido. I like your hypothesis that lower sex drive is the entire mechanism for maintaining focus.
Seems accurate to me!
Now I just wonder how it works for women. But perhaps that's why so many more men have ADHD.
Jun 18, 2014
That's funny, and was covered well in the Seinfeld episode "The Abstinence"


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Jun 18, 2014
You're hired!
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Jun 18, 2014
That's pretty hilarious. If it's remotely true, there's something profoundly wrong with me. Like... I think sex is cool and all, but it has virtually nothing to do with the majority of my thoughts, and I'm sure I regularly spend many hours, and maybe entire days, between thoughts about sex.
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