Productive insomnia

Recently I had more opportunities to work with sleep hacking. I feel more productive but also exhausted. My productivity doubled for the time of the experiment. And I am ready to share some things I learned about sleep. Polyphasic sleep Our monophasic 9 hours per night sleep is a modern creation, a result of long …

Disambiguation

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Some words mean many things. How do we memorize them? How should we read and remember wordplay? How should we search dictionaries when we encounter new words? These are valid questions without equally valid answers. I will try to address them here. The question that leads to this post I month ago one of my …

Mental palaces in renaissance art

Dan Brown finds great plots and conspiracies in renaissance and baroque art. We are on a different quest:  wisdom and knowledge of the magnificent mental palaces we can use. Philosophy visualized The main role of artists in renaissance and baroque era was the visualization of complex ideas in an easy to remember form. The artists …

Declutter mental palaces

Mental palaces are open to interpretation. There is no single authority in the world who can say which mental palace is better. Here I will provide some of my own ideas, which are unique to my approach. Finding mental palace We use our mental palaces to store all sorts of visualizations. This is one of …

Memory, Meditation and Victorious Mind

Anthony Metivier is one of my mentors for a very good reason: he always has something new and exciting to tell. Recently he released a book called “The Victorious Mind“. This book happened to be a best-seller on Amazon for a while. This article is inspired by the book. I seriously recommend reading the book, …

Using text as memory palace

As we work with texts, we may need no other physical structure to store our visualizations. The text’s own structure may be sufficiently unique to be used almost like a memory palace. I did not previously encounter this technique anywhere except for my wife’s lessons. The beauty of the text When we see a printed …

Being overwhelmed: Paris syndrome

When I drive I occasionally listen to the radio. One of the shows discussed a syndrome called by the name of a city. I knew nothing about it, but once I hear something I remember. So I checked out here, here, and here and decided to write about similar experiences. To see Paris and die …

The holes in our knowledge are like bugs in a weather-sealed lens

A saw a story about bugs living inside a weather-sealed lens. That’s a place where there should be no bug of any kind, and yet they were there. What else do we miss? How often do we see profoundly rare outliers? More reading here, here, here, here, here, and here. Visualizations created by life itself …

Physical meaning method

When looking for visual associations we can use the physical meaning of the concept. This method was so intuitive for me, that I never actually wrote about it. Only recently a student helped me figured out it is not used enough, and that very simple words are totally abstract for many students. I will use an …

Patterns in history: War and weather

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I love history. When learning history, I try to capture long-term patterns and remember events through these patterns. Unlike conspiration theorists, I do not assume these patterns have meaning beyond mnemonic devices. And then again… 9/11 and temperature History is full of patterns. Some of these patterns are real, others are like objects we tend …