Evolution, revolution and science

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Science works in mysterious ways. Since we read and write scientific publications, we at least hope that people will read and cite what we have to say. But will that really matter? Hard to say. For more reading check here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. The nature of scientific evolution There is a persistent …

Productivity for wisdom workers

To which extent can we optimize our life? What are the limiting factors and reasonable goals? Just how productive should we become? Here I will try to answer these questions. The goal of productivity What exactly is productivity? This question changes as our economy evolves and we undergo personal development.  I argue that a modern …

Interesting facts on some of the greatest ancient warriors

This is a demonstration of how I enjoy history. The focus is not so much on my answers, as on fun. The way I think is a great source of joy for me, so why not share? The question is very simple and open: who was the greatest warrior in human history? Now, for sure …

Critical thinking and how a crisis can change our perception.

Any crisis is a challenge and an opportunity. It makes us focus on different things, change priorities and step out of our comfort zone.  Does stress really change our perception and affect our decision making process? In this post I focus on WWII as a mind-changing crisis. More reading on COVID19 crisis here, here, here, …

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 …

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 …

Using a reading diary: 5 types of diary

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One of the important skills for massive speedreading is reading diary maintenance. The subject sounds a bit dull, but it is more important and more complex than it appears. Occasionally I write articles about various kinds of reading diaries. Here I want to focus on getting the best return on the time invested maintaining such …

Reading diary for online research

When we research stuff online, it is best to keep a diary. This is a short and useful article, so no further reading today. Why do we need online research? Some younger and less experienced people try to learn things from books and video courses. These learning channels are definitely useful but not very effective. …

Use music to be more productive and creative

Music can make us more creative, improve memory, and do some other wonderful things. We feel it, we understand it, and yet we do not really know how to use it. So I present a cool overview with practical tips. More information here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. Multiple levels of music involvement …

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 …