Mindhacker: 60 Tips, Tricks, and Games to Take Your Mind to the Next Level
Don't you wish you were just a little smarter? Ron and Marty Hale-Evans can help with a vast array of witty, practical techniques that tune your brain to peak performance. Founded in current research, Mindhacker features 60 tips, tricks, and games to develop your mental potential. This accessible compilation helps improve memory, accelerate learning, manage time, spark creativity, hone math and logic skills, communicate better, think more clearly, and keep your mind strong and flexible.
Chapter 1 Memory 1
Hack 1: Remember to Remember 1
Hack 2: Build a Memory Dungeon 6
Hack 3: Mix Up Your Facts 10
Hack 4: Space Your Repetitions 14
Hack 5: Recall Long-Ago Events 18
Chapter 2 Learning 25
Hack 6: Establish Your Canon 25
Hack 7: Write in Your Books 32
Hack 8: Read at Speed 44
Hack 9: Learn by Teaching 49
Hack 10: Play the Learning Game 52
Hack 11: Pretend You’re a Grad Student 55
Hack 12: Study Kid Stuff 59
Chapter 3 Information Processing 63
Hack 13: Polyspecialize 63
Hack 14: Integrate Your Interests 67
Hack 15: Sift Your Ideas 72
Hack 16: Ask the Hive Mind 77
Hack 17: Write Magnifi cent Notes 83
Chapter 4 Time Management 95
Hack 18: Keep a Mental Datebook 95
Hack 19: Tell Time Who’s Boss 99
Hack 20: Meet MET 106
Hack 21: Get Control of Yourself 111
Hack 22: Locate Lost Items 121
Hack 23: Huffman-Code Your Life 126
Hack 24: Knock Off Work 129
Chapter 5 Creativity and Productivity 135
Hack 25: Manifest Yourself 135
Hack 26: Woo the Muse of the Odd 138
Hack 27: Seek Bad Examples 143
Hack 28: Turn a Job into a Game 148
Hack 29: Scrumble for Glory 160
Hack 30: Salvage a Vintage Hack 167
Hack 31: Mine the Future 174
Hack 32: Dare to Do No Permanent Damage 179
Hack 33: Make Happy Mistakes 182
Hack 34: Don’t Know What You’re Doing 187
Hack 35: Ratchet 195
Chapter 6 Math and Logic 199
Hack 36: Roll the Mental Dice 200
Hack 37: Abduct Your Conclusions 204
Hack 38: Think Clearly about Simple Errors 209
Hack 39: Notate Personally 215
Hack 40: Notate Wisely 218
Hack 41: Engineer Your Results 223
Hack 42: Enter the Third Dimension 233
Hack 43: Enter the Fourth Dimension 239
Chapter 7 Communication 263
Hack 44: Spell It Out 264
Hack 45: Read Lips 271
Hack 46: Emote Precisely 275
Hack 47: Streamline Your Shorthand 283
Hack 48: Communicate Multimodally 287
Hack 49: Mediate Your Environment 291
Chapter 8 Mental Fitness 299
Hack 50: Acquire a Taste 300
Hack 51: Try Something New Daily 305
Hack 52: Metabehave Yourself 308
Hack 53: Train Your Fluid Intelligence 315
Hack 54: Think, Try, Learn 321
Hack 55: Take the One-Question IQ Test 331
Chapter 9 Clarity 335
Hack 56: Cultivate Beginner’s Mind 336
Hack 57: Take a Semantic Pause 340
Hack 58: Retreat and Reboot 350
Hack 59: Get Used to Losing 355
Hack 60: Trust Your Intelligence (and Everyone Else’s) 359
Appendix A The Unboxed Games Manifesto 367
Appendix B 3D Visualization 369
Marty Hale-Evans is a technical editor who has worked for Microsoft, Boeing, and the University of Chicago Press. An award-winning game designer, she currently chairs a local literary science fiction convention and pursues various creative endeavors.
—Michael Corayer, MichaelCorayer.com
"Many of the hacks here take advantage of the fact that the way you see your mind and your world are often radically related, if not often the same thing. What I mean is that a lot of these are not just mental exercises, but tricks for productivity, ways to communicate better, hacks for breaking bad habits, tips for time management, and creative ways to be more creative. It's not just about the hacks though. Mindhacker is also stocked with other (re)sources: Relevant URLs, books, and articles are listed on every page, along with the stories of the hacks' origins, and the book's website has even more, including pieces of code as well as complete programs."
—Roy Christopher, RoyChristopher.com
"The examples mentioned are just a couple that I found immediately useful, but this book seems like one I will return to again and again. Areas that may not seem as pressing to me today may well become very important to me tomorrow, and Mindhacker may be my best hope yet in fighting off senility."
—Greg Barbrick, BlogCritics
"There's a real embarrassment of riches in this book, all of which are well-researched and scientifically rigorous, which reflects Ron’s psychology background. This is a book that seems tailor-made for browsing. "Mindhacker" is extensively cross-referenced. When you pick this book up, you'll find yourself zooming around the pages, bouncing from hack to hack to hack. I was already a fan of the previous book, "Mind Performance Hacks," and this is certainly a worthy sequel, in spirit if not in fact. It will definitely become part of my personal canon, and if you're really serious about stretching your mind, it should be part of yours, too."
—David Delony, Walyou.com
"Mindhacker really is a good match to Grey Matters readers, as it is all about improving your mind, and having fun while doing so. It's approachable, educational, fun, and neither intimidating nor condescending in tone. I highly recommend Mindhacker. If you haven't already picked up "Mind Performance Hacks," do your mind a favor and pick them up together."
—Scott Cram, Grey Matters blog
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Ever wish you could tinker with your brain the way you can with your computer, to make it run faster, stay better organized, and get more done? Upgrading your brain's "software" can dramatically escalate your personal productivity, improving such skills as efficient learning, personal organization, time management, mental control, creativity, and decision-making. For those looking to improve their mental skills, authors Ron and Marty Hale-Evans deliver a witty, compelling, and action-oriented cache of personal productivity tips and techniques in Mindhacker: 60 Tips, Tricks, and Games to Take Your Mind to the Next Level (Wiley; 978-1-1180-0752-5; September 2011). Readers can tune their brains to peak performance by using this array of clever, practical techniques founded in current research.
A follow-up to the authors' previous bestseller, Mind Performance Hacks, Mindhacker is an all-new compilation of accessible techniques that readers can use to improve memory, accelerate learning, process large amounts of information more easily, spark creativity, hone math and logic skills, communicate better, think more clearly, and generally keep their minds strong and flexible. The book contains nine chapters with over sixty techniques for improving a variety of mental skills, and each section is broken down to explain current theory and research and then suggest how to implement it with techniques that can be used in practical, everyday situations. Readers will learn how to:
- Expand vocabulary and knowledge with Google, a voice recorder, and an MP3 player set on shuffle.
- Annotate books in useful new ways that customize them to specific needs.
- Measure and manage time better with new kinds of clocks and calendars.
- Roll dice mentally.
- Avoid common, but potentially costly, errors in thinking.
- Change habits and tastes to spark creativity and make life more interesting.
The book explains how each technique works and how to use it. Covering a wide range of subjects from memory to logic to creativity, Mindhacker teaches readers to create a "mental toolbox" tailored to their individual needs and applicable to various situations. After all, mental fitness is like physical fitness. You have to train daily, and daily training with Mindhacker will build the mental muscle to work and play like a champion.
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