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Mind Performance Hacks: Tips & Tools for Overclocking Your Brain Paperback – February 16, 2006
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About 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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The table of contents is not shown by Amazon, so I list the table of contents/hacks here:
Chapter 1. Memory
1. Remember 10 Things to Bring
2. Use the Number-Shape System
3. Make Lots of Little Journeys
4. Stash Things in Nooks and Crannies
5. Use the Major System
6. Use the Dominic System
7. Visit the Hotel Dominic
8. Dominate Your Memory
9. Memorize Numbers with Carroll's Couplets
10. Tune In to Your Memory
11.Read more ›
Some (most) of the tips aren't that original mnemonics and linking object to memorable visual images aren't new. Some of the math skills are the sort of thing most people pick up in grade school. Also, the problem solving methods outlined are rather crude.
But; they are the kind of tips we may "know" but don't apply. Some (a few) of the tools / techniques were new to me and very valuable.
OK; after such a critical start why give the book five stars? This book is unusual, it groups useful techniques and tools for creative thinking into one short guide. Although the techniques outlined may be simple they are highly effective.
The writing style is informative without being patronizing. I read this book cover to cover in four sessions; it was as interesting to read as most fiction.
The author references source material very well and provides references for further exploration of the topics covered.
In answer to my original question, "who is this book for?", just about everyone should be able to take away something positive from this book. Good preparation for exams such as GMAT and SATs. Also, good tips for staying sharp into old age (have to wait and see whether they work or not).
the "hacks" of particular importance to you at the moment.
I did read the entire book though because it was so fascinating and helpful.
The first chapter was somewhat of a disappointment since many of the memory hacks
only fit with a natural ability for visual or musical talent, which I don't have. And 1 or 2 of the
hacks were so complicated that you'd have to need to memorize a huge volume of material to make
it worth while to work hard at the hack to get good enough to find it useful. This is certainly not the
fault of the author since he was only letting you know about the hack.
But I loved chapter 2 on information processing, especially the map your mind hack. I've done mind maps
before but this book mind it more "how to" to really assimulate the information. It also had a hack for speedwords
that looks very useful which I hope to implement soon.
The Math chapter was also helpful if you need to develop more of a "feel" for numbers and get to an
approximate answer quickly.
The book has a nice format. Each hack starts with a brief overview. Then the In Action section explains
the details. Then the How It Works section explains how your brain is using the hack. The In Real Life
section gives an example of how the author used the hack. Finally, the hack ends with lots of external
references to web sites and other books.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to have a non-technical understanding of
how their brain works and how to get more out of it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Roll that dice and do it! There is so much, so many hacks in this book, but I likes the dice method. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Aspiring Professional
I don't know why they don't teach this stuff in school. Should be required.Published 18 months ago by Grown Up Geek
I love this well written and organized collection of mental tricks, hacks, and exercises. While other reviewers seem familiar with these, I am not, so find them all to be... Read morePublished on May 14, 2013 by Ila France Porcher, Author of The Shark Sessions
Certainly the book is retaining, but most of the material in it you can find online.
I mean only a few stuff were new to me, since I read about these a lot.
One can not say that this book is uniformly amazing or crap. This book is more of a mixture of different improvement techinques. Read morePublished on May 22, 2011 by S. Hicks
I really enjoyed this book, but I must admit that I barely used any of it. The hacks that I do practice I mainly went on to learn from more focused books. Read morePublished on December 23, 2009 by Sean Head
There are a million mind methods and lots of people have good ideas. This is good collection of effective ways to use your head better. Read morePublished on March 17, 2009 by J. Dennis Mulqueen