Mind Performance Hacks: Tips & Tools for Overclocking Your Brain [NOOK Book]

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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...

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Mind Performance Hacks: Tips & Tools for Overclocking Your Brain

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596553982
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/6/2006
  • Series: Hacks
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 332
  • Sales rank: 356,966
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Ron Hale-Evans is a writer and game designer who earns his daily sandwich with frequent gigs as a technical writer. He has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Yale, with a minor in philosophy. Thinking a lot about thinking led him to create the Mentat Wiki at http://www.ludism.org/mentat, which led to this book. His multifarious and nefarious other projects can be accessed from his home page, http://ron.ludism.org, including his award-winning board games, a list of his Short-Duration Personal Saviours, and his blog. His wife Marty is a better man than he is.

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Table of Contents

1 Remember 10 things to bring 1
2 Use the number-shape system 4
3 Make lots of little journeys 7
4 Stash things in nooks and crannies 10
5 Use the major system 14
6 Use the dominic system 18
7 Visit the hotel dominic 22
8 Dominate your memory 25
9 Memorize numbers with Carroll's couplets 29
10 Tune in to your memory 33
11 Consume your information in chunks 37
12 Overcome the tip-of-the-tongue effect 39
13 Catch your ideas 43
14 Write faster 46
15 Speak your brain's language 54
16 Map your mind 59
17 Build an exoself 63
18 Pre-delete cruft 67
19 Seed your mental random-number generator 71
20 Force your connections 73
21 Contemplate Po 81
22 Scamper for ideas 83
23 Deck yourself out 86
24 Constrain yourself 92
25 Think analogically 95
26 Enjoy good, clean memetic sex 100
27 Play mind music 104
28 Sound your brain with onar 107
29 Keep a dream journal 111
30 Hold a question in mind 112
31 Adopt a hero 115
32 Go backward to be more inventive going forward 119
33 Spend more time thinking 121
34 Extend your idea space with word spectra 124
35 Put down that calculator 127
36 Make friends with numbers 133
37 Test for divisibility 137
38 Calculate mental checksums 140
39 Turn your hands into an abacus 144
40 Count to a million on your fingers 150
41 Estimate orders of magnitude 157
42 Estimate square roots 161
43 Calculate any weekday 164
44 Foresee important problems 169
45 Predict the length of a lifetime 174
46 Find dominant strategies 178
47 Eliminate dominated strategies 183
48 Don't overthink it 186
49 Roll the dice 189
50 Put your words in the blender 194
51 Learn an artificial language 198
52 Communicate in e-prime 204
53 Learn morse code like an efficiency expert 207
54 Harness stage fright 211
55 Ask stupid questions 217
56 Stop memory-buffer overrun 220
57 Learn your emotional ABCs 225
58 Avoid cognitive distortions 230
59 Use the fourfold breath 233
60 Meditate 236
61 Hypnotize yourself 240
62 Talk to yourself 245
63 Interview yourself 248
64 Cultivate the naive mind 252
65 Employ mental momentum 256
66 Warm up your brain 259
67 Play board games 261
68 Improve visual attention through video games 269
69 Don't neglect the obvious : sleep, nutrition, and exercise 272
70 Get a good night's sleep 276
71 Navigate around the post-lunch dip 281
72 Overclock your brain 283
73 Learn the facts about cognitive enhancers 286
74 Snap yourself to attention 290
75 Assemble your mental toolbox 293
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  • Posted December 12, 2009

    Excellent read :-)

    This book takes some well known techniques and presents them in new and interesting ways...it also presents less well known techniques and some of the author's own - again in compelling and interesting ways.
    If you like learning a mew technique quickly without someone trying to make an entire book from one idea then this is for you. Its fast pasced and packed with good ideas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2006

    A mind is a terrible thing to waste...

    So buy this book and make the most use of it! Just think of this book as kind of martial arts program for your brain. Each chapter (and there's 22 in all) stands out on its own and discusses a particular area you can improve on, such as memory, creativity, math, communication, and so on. It's an easy read and since each chapter stands out by itself, you can jump around and go to the areas that interest you the most. A great book with a lot of clever and PRACTICAL ideas, I give it 5 stars easy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2006

    YOUR MIND'S EYE!!

    Do you want to become a better thinker? If you do, then this book is for you! Author Ron Hale-Evans, has done an outstanding job of writing a book that is designed to help you learn to hack your brain intentionally, safely and productively. Evans, begins by examining ways to improve your ability to remember information ranging from the periodic table of elements to phone numbers, maps, and spatial locations as well as, how not to leave your keys and your cell phone at home. Then, the author shows you how to minimize the demands on your attention by maximizing your ability to process this deluge of information. Next, the author reviews some useful techniques for almost any creative challenge you might encounter. The author then examines basic hacks to do mental math, including the four-banger operations, how to check your math, how to count to large numbers on your fingers, and some practical applications, such as calculating the day of the week for any day on the calendar. He continues by helping you separate high-priority from low-priority issues and how to decide to take action on those priorities. Then, the author shows you how to get ideas across in ways that are clear, creative or cryptic. He then discusses hacks for gaining the emotional and intellectual clarity and the perspective needed to solve problems and make good decisions. Finally, they looks at hacks that keep your brain strong and flexible overall, no matter what your age. In this most excellent book, you¿ll find a lot of real-life tip and tools for overclocking your brain and becoming a better thinker. More importantly, with this book, you¿ll be able to cut through the clutter and tune up your brain purposefully, safely, and productively.

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