The most effective mindset for training

It is hard to overestimate the role of psychological aspects in learning and productivity. While these aspects might be transparent and hard to deal with, they define the ultimate success or failure of the entire process. Each kind of training may need a different mindset. Usually, the most effective combination is passionate anticipation before the …

Eleven twelve and counting systems

Our math is strongly linked with our fingers. If we ever meet another civilization, even on this earth, the numbers will probably be different.  How come? This discussion is an exercise in basic mathematical and historic intuition. Very few people see math the way I present it here. How do you count fingers? We have …

Identity and destiny

Destiny

One of the hardest questions I know: do we have power over our destiny? I will rephrase. To which extent are we controlled by our passions and indifference rather than a conscious choice? Which individual differences guide our decisions and luck? Can we learn our own identity? Can we learn to be better as human …

MindfulMess and mindfulness

The meaning of mindfulness

A stupid typo can lead to many complex thoughts. Here are want to explore the environmental effects on mindfulness. Should spiritual people look like hippies, monks, or samurais? How does a mess affect our thoughts? Which interferences are welcome and which should be avoided? I want to describe three distinct and different forms of mindfulness …

MindfulMess and creativity

Mad scientist

I have my fair share of typos. When you read fast and write fast, typos happen. Some typos are really stupid. Others make you think… This is so-called “out of the box creativity”. We stumble upon something cool by mistake but are mindful enough to use it. I wrote MindfulMess instead of mindfulness, and this …

Can we really understand our future self?

One of the visualization exercises we promote is talking to your “future self”. We discuss the most pressing subjects with the person we hope to become one day. This is not the person we eventually become! Today’s reading selection is here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. Best possible future self I quote the …

IQ and genetics

Genetic variants associated with IQ

One of the more common questions of smart people: how do I make my kids inherit my intelligence? While there is no definite answer, we have some good ideas of what should or should not be done. Read more here,  here, here, here, and here. Beware of what you wish for Before we continue, a …

Superlearner story: Ron, the other side of success

The students that finished the speedreading training are coming back for the next tier of skills. What are they looking for and how can we help? The other side of success Today I had an interesting meeting with my friend. Actually, he was one of my first students. He still does not have enough hours …

Taxonomy of wisdom: three levels of skills

We build our skills as a pyramid. There are fundamental skills, the skills that allow us to get things done, and advanced skills. Each set of skills is profoundly different, and we need all of them/ Fundamental skills Trying to build more advanced skills without good fundamental capabilities simply does not work. Memory and visualization …

Return on investing in learning and exponential growth

keytostudy

Learning is considered an exponential growth skill. However, not all learning is equal. Can we use the return on investment analysis for our learning experience? Sure! Do many people think this way? Not really. Let us go through the myths and realities of earning by learning. How to maximize the full keytostudy offering? The accelerated …