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 …

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 …

Sections and subjects of speedreading and senses masterclasses

My reading speed and technique improved dramatically from the time I started speedreading. I would go as far as say that speedreading is a form of biohacking: it is the ability to hack into our senses and generate far more than the senses allow. Therefore in the future, I will bundle speedreading with hacking the …

Logical markers: abstract constants and variables

How should we remember constants and variables? There are many formulas in sciences, and these formulas use constants and variables. Some of these constants and variables are almost abstract, like the Plank constant. How should we treat them? A constant as a letter Let us take for example the Plank constant. It is a critical …

Science and medicine, when nobody knows…

I always wonder about the limits of our knowledge. Socrates has shown millennia ago the limitations of conventional wisdom. The scientific method is more robust, but it is also limited. Not understanding something well enough is not ideal. Watching people die without any reasonable explanation is even worse. What can be done? Read some more here, …

Research and creativity: bursting the filtering bubble and creating logical markers

The subjects of research and creativity are huge. I will describe some of the relevant steps below. However, there are two questions I always get from my friends and students: how to know whom to believe and how to express complex ideas as mathematical formulas. There is also a complementary question of defining the subject …

Speedwriting: the best of long-term memorization and creative writing (no more spaced repetitions!)

The basic idea of speedwriting is very simple. If we research a subject, read about it, create notes, and memorize everything we need, writing about the subject should be really easy. And if we write about something creatively, remembering it for years after writing also becomes easy. I call this virtuous circle speedwriting. TLDR We …

Evolution and reaction speed

What is limiting the reaction time? Is it the length of neural paths, the efficiency of glial cells, the structure of the brain, or something else? Maybe all of the above? Let us check the animals we know and see what they can tell us. More cool facts here, here, here, and here. Only elephants cannot …

16 Tips for Scientists Writing for the General Public

Science requires disseminating new, intriguing findings to a wide range of audiences. Since successful writing is an iterative process, with feedback leading to new ideas and experimental follow-up, the writing process can also help to refine the study. Many argumentative topics can be chosen to create an impactful piece. We have got some of the …

Construction work costs beyond money

We often admire the great architecture, yet we often forget its costs and its benefits. Great leaders often invest in building elaborate infrastructures that serve generations.  Tyrants invest in personal glorification and strange dreams. Businessmen invest for more than just profit potential. And the actual investment is often much larger than the expected cost, not …