Memory engram

Most animals do not learn as we do. Their behaviors are guided by powerful instincts. Some instincts are activated by hormones, others are dormant memories encoded on a genetic level. These memories are called engrams, and today I want to explore this subject. For more reading check out here. Memories can be encoded into DNA! …

Memory formation and consolidation

How are our memories formed? This is a simple question which I cannot answer properly. I will share some of the things I know, and you may probably want to learn more. Instinct vs learning Memories are extremely heterogenic. One way to differentiate memories: separate inborn vs acquired. Some memories were acquired by previous generations …

Zettelkasten

The best thing about mindmaps is the ease of rearranging the information. Entire branches can be moved with one operation. You do not get that with mental palaces. Yet, you need a computer to enjoy it… Or not? How did notetaking and mindmaps look like two hundred years ago? People used to research back then. You …

Think deeper

Do not speed up, jumping from one idea to another. Take an idea and try to think about it. When you exhausted the things that come to mind, take a break. Then think again, and this time become creative. Think deeper. Read here, here, here, here, and here. Creativity on demand OK, the language I …

Can Medical Cannabis be an Excellent Alternative to Adderall for ADHD?

Patients suffering from ADHD have been grappling to find an alternate drug to Adderall that works magic but with fewer side effects. Classified as a Schedule II drug, the same as crack and cocaine, it’s the most commonly used drug for ADHD, with over 77% of users according to research done on university students.  The …

Color discrimination

Some women can distinguish four colors. They are called tetrachromats. What does it feel like to see colors others do not see? How can we make our world richer? Some more stuff here and here. Average human The visible light spectrum ranges from about 380 to 740 nanometers. Spectral colors (colors that are produced by …

More than 20 senses: the real extrasensory perception

Extrasensory perception is real. Sort of. We have more than 20 real senses and project imagination as yet more senses. Our senses and extra senses often cause more discomfort than pleasure. And yet we get deeper insights and creative breakthroughs. More than 20 senses When I was a child, the schools taught just 5 senses, …

Ramanujan, math intuition and the voice of the goddess

Narasimhaswamy temple, Namakkal

Intuition takes many forms, but what is it exactly? Why do genius scientists talk about mysterious forces? Do we really need the supernatural or there are more plausible explanations? Can we train it? The story of the goddess Ramanujan was one of the greatest mathematicians of the 20th century. He wrote down several astonishing results …

Iterative method

One of the key methodologies we use is progressive overload. This means doing things slightly above the current capacity to prepare yourself for improvement. You may choose another iterative method base on your personal needs. More stuff you can read here, here, here, and here. Progressive overload One of the things we do in speedreading, is …

The tree of knowledge

What is “MENS” knowledge? It stands for modernist empirical natural science.  The theory suggests four layers of knowledge: matter, life, mind, and culture. Each layer cannot be fundamentally described by an underlying layer and needs to be learned in a different way. More reading here, here, and here. Strong emergence About 13.5 billion years ago a …