Polymath thinking: the path from curiosity to knowledge

When I was a child I decided that I want to be a polymath and know everything. Not a very realistic goal. Since then I have been learning for as long as I can remember myself. I noticed that the more I know the easier it is to learn more, even in very different areas …

1000 articles per week

Occasionally I read 1000 articles per week. This takes me about 90 minutes per day or one entire weekend. I honestly thought it to be normal and was surprised that some people find it astonishing. You do not even need to read very fast to use this skill. What is an average article? A good …

Multitasking entertainment and diaries

Keeping a diary is a headache. The whole reason for having a diary is to deal with thoughts we usually do not address. Sometimes the mind goes blank. Other times it produces more stimuli than we can handle. A diary solicits information in the first case and generates a queue in the second case. While …

DallE, GPTChat and deep hallucinations

I was asked by several of my students to write about the GPT chat, yet I kept delaying it.  The reason is very simple. I have so many conflicting feelings, that I did not know where to begin.  Let us start with a simple idea of the “uncanny valley”. Uncanny valley The current generation of …

Systematic creativity: sections and subjects of speedwriting and research masterclasses

Sometimes I struggle with naming what I do. Speedwriting and research masterclasses are examples of my bad branding, and I hope to rebrand them in near future. While I might be unhappy with the course names, I am definitely excited about their content. So I tell you what. I will describe the content of the …

Creativity games: what-if and what-else

A simple creativity exercise we can play anywhere at any time is the what-if or what-else game. This exercise can be applied to almost anything and can be easily modified for more controlled experience. Simple “what if” game Our basic visualization is person-action-object, so the easiest exercise is replace just one of these factors and …

Long term memory: revisiting vs speedwriting

Suppose you want to remember something for a very long time. How do you ensure memorization? There are many methods, which can be roughly divided into three categories: reviewing the notes (revisiting), actively using (speedwriting) and lifestyle choices (sleep, food, …).  Here I compare revisiting with speedwriting, and provide some actionable tips. The lifestyle element …

Multitasking using tabs in your memory

When we work in a browser we open many tabs. Different people will use different portfolios of tabs and windows. The thing is, we do not do this in our own heads when we multitask. And this can be fixed. Tabs vs windows when browsing Some people have many tabs, some have many windows and …

Puzzled? Transform depression into motivation!

Comics heroes often discover their greatest strength once they hit the bottom. Sometimes it feels this way to real people. We can transform our depression and confusion into creative breakthroughs and a surge of motivation. Each time we do not feel that good with ourselves we can reframe that into a motivational moment.  You may …

To do or not to do? Procrastinate….

Procrastinate by all means if you have to. Do not act impulsively. Be creative. Never lose hope. My message This is my message for today. For me, these sentences send the same message and are deeply interconnected.  Our lives are quite long, a marathon rather than a sprint. Opportunities and threats come and go. Sometimes …