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 …

Learn to speedread better from synchronous translation

Language is one of the primary tools in any career. We use language to formulate ideas, collaborate, express ourselves, and inspire others. There is a group of people who use language differently and spectacularly.  Moreover, all of us can learn from them. These are the professionals involved in synchronous translation. Read more here, here, here, and …

Ambition and happiness: do you have everything to be happy?

My wife recently told me “You have everything to be happy. I would expect you to be happier. Why aren’t you?”. The theme of today’s post is balancing ambition with satisfaction. Ambition is good It is probably good to have ambitions. Otherwise, we would not do anything worthwhile. A person who has high ambitions is more …

Productivity via positivity

To be truly productive we need to be positive. Optimism increases life expectancy, our focus and our energy at work, as well as our ability to work effectively with others. Read more here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. Confession of a pessimist I am not a very positive person. All of my childhood (till …

Mind body tricks and weird science

Usually, we try to influence our body, by tricking our minds. There are visualization, placebo effect, positive self-talk, and other well-known tricks. The reverse direction of influencing the mind through the body is also interesting, even though it is less discussed. For today’s reading, you are welcome to click here, here, here, here, here, here, …

Perception and memory: Finding patterns in chaos

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This article is very important as a way to describe my approach to memory and speedreading. Read all of it carefully, please. For more information here, here, here, here, here, and here. World as chaos If we address all the details of what we perceive we will drown in information. Fortunately, our perceptual mechanisms reduce …

Magnetic mind: memories are the fundament of our identity

Our mind is magnetic and we should use it! The power of our identity can shape the way we learn.  Our experiences and memories shape our identity. We assemble ourselves from bits and pieces and attract things we truly need. For more information read here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. Dr. Manhatten’s story …

Executive functions: Willpower, discipline and anxiety

Most of my students are very focused, motivated and responsible. These good qualities often have a side-effect of people pressing themselves too hard or running from inner demons. It is important to find the right balance. For more reading check here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. Improving executive functions By practicing memory and visualization, …

Speeding up visual thinking: mindmaps

If you are an engineer, mindmaps are kind of easy. But they feel kind of slow. Do not worry, we can speed them up in no time. The methods below are less suited for advanced students who often need to combine mindmaps with mental palaces. They are also somewhat different from the methods discussed in …

Speeding up visual thinking: mental palaces

We know that visual thinking can be faster than the regular logical thinking. There is only one issue. We are not used to thinking visually and do not know how to learn. It’s time for me to step in. Here I discuss the visualization which can be done with mental palaces. There will be other …