Longevity and weird lifehacks

Running a blog about learning and productivity for so many years, sometimes I surprise people by doing all the other things that I do. Recently one of my students felt overwhelmed and I suggested some mindfulness training. For me, it is no secret that dealing with stress is one of the most important things we …

Sports and mind

Physical activity and mental sports are considered to be some of the best ways to have a young and effective brain. This is an ongoing theme in this blog. For further reading I suggest reading here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. My childhood fallacy When I was a child, learning was easy for …

Magical thinking and its healing powers

The human mind is strange in many wonderful ways. One of the strangest properties of our mind is the ability to heal the body. We can change the reality by telling a story or visualizing a metaphor. In this article, I try to question the science and the apparent magic of healing. You can further …

Direct current brain stimulation

A couple of weeks ago I finally found the courage to pump my brain with direct current as I read a very complex mathematical paper. I bought a very simple device called “The Brain Stimulator” and used “improving insightfulness” setting. The electrodes were moist and warm and quite pleasant. The device was extremely easy to …

Forgive to empower yourself

Forgiveness may be easy for some, but definitely, it is hard for me. Yet at some point not long ago I understood that past attachments do not allow me to pursue my passions. Passion often comes during the action, by focusing on the action and enjoying it. Having the focus invested in some past events …

Massive memory structures

I am occasionally asked how can someone remember 1 mil visualizations. Now 1 mil visualizations is a lot. For comparison, The King James Authorized Bible has 783,137 words. It is enough to know ~5000 words and 5000 phrases of a foreign language to be fluent, e.g. about 100,000 visualizations should suffice per language. Practically, not …

Fighting age and stress

When we are young and inexperienced we make huge progress. If feels like we will be making the same kind of progress as we get older. Unfortunately this is not true. Our evalutaion of our future self is typically over-optimistic, and as we mature we need to face the consequences. You may read the articles …

Using visualization to improve physical and psychological well-being

Being a superlearner, you have a powerful visualization technique in your toolbox. It is only reasonable to ask what this toolbox can be used for other than learning. The answer is somewhat complex and very exciting. Today I will talk about the healing power of your visualizations. This article is a sort of an overview …

Jokes and memorization

For many people, humor is a serious matter. When used with proper care humor can release tension, improve productivity, generate long-term memories, and make us enjoy stepping out of our comfort zone. April’s fool day is a great day to write a serious article about humor, and I am not going to miss this opportunity. …

Happiness is the secret sauce of productivity

To be truly productive you do not have to test the limits of your willpower, but rather try to stay happy. This advice may look counterintuitive at first, after all, we remember the “no pain no gain” saying. It does converge with “follow your passion” guideline, yet so many passionate people burn out. So what …