Mind Performance Hacks

Mind Performance Hacks

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You're smart. This book can make you smarter. Mind Performance Hacks provides real-life tips and tools for overclocking your brain and becoming a better thinker. In the increasingly frenetic pace of today's information economy, managing your life requires hacking your brain. With this book, you'll cut through the clutter and tune up your brain intentionally, safely, and productively.Grounded in current research and theory, but offering practical solutions you can apply immediately, Mind Performance Hacks is filled with life hacks that teach you to:

Use mnemonic tricks to remember numbers, names, dates, and other flotsam you need to recall Put down your calculator and perform complex math in your head, with your fingers, or on the back of a napkin Spark your creativity with innovative brainstorming methods Use effective systems to capture new ideas before they get away Communicate in creative new ways-even using artificial languages Make better decisions by foreseeing problems and finding surprising solutions Improve your mental fitness with cool tricks and games While the hugely successful Mind Hacks showed you how your brain works, Mind Performance Hacks shows you how to make it work better.
Publisher: Sebastopol, CA :, O'Reilly
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9780596803070
9780596553982
Characteristics: text file,rda
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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rswcove
Mar 28, 2015

This book is my go to toolkit for methods of maximizing effective thinking. The ideas and tools in this book are widely varied, both in subject and difficulty level- making this a good book for a wide range of skill levels and uses. Highly Recommended.

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tocch101
Aug 21, 2012

The cover of ideas in the is book is fairly extensive, but the amount that I would actually use is minimal. I think it is great for a very motivated individual, but I don't think I will be adding too many.

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zencow
Jan 18, 2010

Despite the interesting title, this book didn’t live up to my expectations. To me, a hack implies an original and unorthodox method of dealing with a problem, whereas the book itself was more of a collection of advices. The advices themselves are quite good, although most seem like fillers rather than something I could possibly use in my own life.

The book is divided into 7 parts:

1. Memory - Contains various mnemonic tricks. To me, this was the most interesting part of the book with the Number Shape System and the Dominic System being most useful.
2. Information Processing - Shows you various way of recording your ideas, such as using a diary (err, a journal!) or writing in shorthand. Nothing particularly interesting.
3. Creativity - This was the longest part of the book, with many good solid ideas, such as remembering your dreams, using analogies, or employing random seeds from the environment. However, none of them really struck me as terribly original.
4. Math - I was hoping to learn something here, but all of the tricks seemed too hard to even bother. They weren’t particularly useful either: ex. being able to count to million on your fingers. Would I really want to do that? I doubt it.
5. Decision Making - Despite the dry title, this was the second most interesting part of the book for me. It briefly outlines the Game Theory and shows a couple statistical tricks. I particularly liked the suggestion of using dice for making decisions and sticking to it.
6. Communication - Contains some suggestions how to improve your skills with words, but learning Esperanto or the Morse Code doesn’t really sound very enticing to me.
7. Clarity - This is the part of the book that starts to feel padded, with the suggestions seemingly taken straight out of a self-help book. Meditation, breathing exercises, self-hypnosis and self-motivational speech make their appearance here.
8. Mental Fitness - This is the most padded chapter of the book with rather eye-rollingly obvious ideas, such as playing board games, eating sugary "brain food" or getting a good night’s sleep. Having said that, they are all valid.

All in all, this is a decent book for computer nerds who like the O’Reilly’s Hacks series, but it serves more as a repository of tried-and-true mind-cultivating ideas, rather than genuinely mind-expanding hacks.

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