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Mindhacker: 60 Tips, Tricks, and Games to Take Your Mind to the Next Level [Kindle Edition]

Ron Hale-Evans , Marty Hale-Evans
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Book Description

Compelling tips and tricks to improve your mental skills

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.

Hacks include:

  • Remember to Remember
  • Build a Memory Dungeon 
  • Mix Up Your Facts
  • Space Your Repetitions
  • Recall Long-Ago Events  
  • Establish Your Canon 
  • Write in Your Books 
  • Read at Speed 
  • Learn by Teaching 
  • Play the Learning Game 
  • Pretend You’re a Grad Student
  • Study Kid Stuff 
  • Polyspecialize
  • Integrate Your Interests
  • Sift Your Ideas
  • Ask the Hive Mind
  • Write Magnificent Notes
  • Keep a Mental Datebook
  • Tell Time Who’s Boss
  • Meet MET
  • Get Control of Yourself
  • Locate Lost Items
  • Huffman-Code Your Life
  • Knock Off Work
  • Manifest Yourself
  • Woo the Muse of the Odd
  • Seek Bad Examples
  • Turn a Job into a Game
  • Scrumble for Glory
  • Salvage a Vintage Hack
  • Mine the Future
  • Dare to Do No Permanent Damage
  • Make Happy Mistakes
  • Don’t Know What You’re Doing
  • Ratchet
  • Roll the Mental Dice
  • Abduct Your Conclusions
  • Think Clearly about Simple Errors
  • Notate Personally
  • Notate Wisely
  • Engineer Your Results
  • Enter the Third Dimension
  • Enter the Fourth Dimension
  • Spell It Out
  • Read Lips
  • Emote Precisely
  • Streamline Your Shorthand
  • Communicate Multimodally
  • Mediate Your Environment
  • Acquire a Taste
  • Try Something New Daily
  • Metabehave Yourself
  • Train Your Fluid Intelligence
  • Think, Try, Learn
  • Take the One-Question IQ Test
  • Cultivate Beginner’s Mind
  • Take a Semantic Pause
  • Retreat and Reboot
  • Get Used to Losing
  • Trust Your Intelligence (and Everyone Else’s)

Editorial Reviews


"What I enjoyed most was that the book generally managed to avoid the overblown language and hype of most "hack" books and instead focused on practical applications and realistic assessments of how effective a particular strategy might be. Even without the hype, I found the book motivating and it encouraged me to explore subjects that were new to me and consider ideas for self-education, self-improvement, and creativity."
Michael Corayer,

"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,

"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,

"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

From the Back Cover

Hack your mental OS and make your brain work better than ever

They say the mind is a computer, right? Boost its performance with this collection of mind-blowing ideas to improve your memory, creativity, logic skills, communication, and more. Put these tips to work, and you'll find your mind processes information more efficiently than you ever thought possible.

Be more creative and productive by

  • wooing the muse of the odd

  • making happy mistakes

  • mining the future

Manage your time with

  • a mental datebook

  • MET (Mission Elapsed Time)

  • a different type of clock

Master math and logic with

  • your own personal notations

  • the use of abduction

  • a trip to the fourth dimension

Improve your memory by

  • building a memory dungeon

  • mixing up your facts

  • spacing your repetitions

Enhance your learning ability when you

  • identify your personal sacred books

  • learn by teaching

  • study kid stuff

...and 45 more!

Visit for code, various programs, and a few surprises

Product Details

  • File Size: 2924 KB
  • Print Length: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (August 10, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #429,139 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book, Highly Recommended For Just About Everyone September 4, 2011
With a book that covers as much ground as Mindhacker, its hard to know where to start. The authors have written a book that is chock full of brilliant techniques to save time, money, and brainpower. If you find just one tip you can use out of the 60 that are offered, it will be worth the cost of the book - the information is really that good. I have listed just a few of my favorite chapters below, some of the ones that I will definitely be implementing in my own life.

Hack 2: Build A Memory Dungeon - Ever since I read Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything a few months ago, I have been fascinated with memory palaces and how to use them. One of the problems I have had in implementing this is running out of locations for my memory palaces. This hack solves that problem, and then some. This is a great idea that will give you virtually unlimited memory palace locations that you can visit and memorize from the comfort of your couch. Worth the cost of the book by itself.

Hack 4: Space Your Repetitions - Great idea for using an open source program to memorize anything you want to quickly and easily.

Hack 7: Write in Your Books - This hack teaches 3 easy ways to go beyond writing in the margins and highlighting your books. You will understand and enjoy books more by using these techniques. Really great. Also, Hack 6: Establish Your Canon is an excellent essay on why you should read great books, what they are, and how to define them in your own life.

Hack 8: Read At Speed - The authors have condensed the best advice about speed reading down to four pages . . .
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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I'm not one to normally review products, but after reading Mind Performance Hacks, Ron's previous book, I've been waiting for this one to come out. Finally it did, and I got it on my Kindle.

Kindle layout is great, the only problem I have with it is that this is a book that will be begging for you to write things in the margins. I know that you can add notes with the Kindle, but trust me, you will want a paper copy due to the sheer amount you will want to note up this book.

Like his previous book, this one contains some great ideas on how to super charge your thinking process. While it may seem silly, the info on generating random numbers in your head was worth the price of the book to me by itself. The information on memory had some new ideas that I had never heard before, despite owning almost every book on memory on Amazon.

I can also say this, I have read about three books on speed reading, and Ron is able to sum up all the information that I have found in them into one chapter. This chapter is EASILY worth the cost of the entire book.

In short, buy this book. However, I do recommend the paper copy, if anything just to fill it with your own thoughts and ideas. Remember, it is your brain, once you learn the different hacks you can modify them to suit you.
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56 of 65 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Am I missing something? November 8, 2011
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I don't get this book. I tried, but really I don't get it. I am an educational psychologist who researches memory, learning, and motivation so I thought this book would be good for me to read, but instead I am confused. The book goes through various "hacks" in the areas of Memory, Learning, Information Processing, Time Management, Creativity and Productivity, Math and Logic, Communication, Mental Fitness, and Clarity. Within each of these categories, however, I am not sure what kind of learning they are aiming for. There are suggestions ranging from making a list of top 100 books, writing a manifesto, counting to a zillion on your fingers, and lots of other ideas that I am not sure how they tie into memory and learning. It seems more like how to make something more challenging than it might need to be. There are also complicated ideas for writing computer programs, making your life more like Star Trek, and lots of ideas in that vein. It just didn't do it for me and I didn't understand what the hacks were supposed to accomplish.

There were a few good websites and resources, such as flashcard programs. But, as it is a problem with many books, there is a risk that these websites and online resources will be obsolete or be replaced with better things. Instead I wish the authors had stuck with better ideas well-grounded in psychology and learning theory, rather than their "hacks."

Overall, this seems to be a book of limited use and applicability. A true computer aficionado would probably find it interesting, but for the average person looking for memory tricks the strategies might be more work than it's worth.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and useful - self contained and points you to more November 20, 2011
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This book is a collection of advice, activities, and clever notions. You get tricks on improving your memory, managing your time, taking notes, ... well, you can read the available TOC of you want the whole list.

The book is well written in a somewhat conversational style. I get the sense the authors have "lived" the included suggestions and verified they work. (This is not always true with self-help books.)

Despite the "easy going" style, the format for each suggestion is "set in stone", always has the same outline:

- Name of the "hack" and overview
- In Action - how you can make it work for you
- How it Works - additional background and why it is useful
- In Real Life - Experiences by the author and others related to the "hack"
- Notes - References to additional information about the "hack"

What I really liked, in addition to the broad range of topics, was the attention to detail and quantity of pointers to external details. For example, in the section on note taking there is a suggestion of a specific, not-at-all expensive pen to use which enhances the suggested techniques. As for external pointers, this book is riddled with web links to places to get more information.


- If you are on the fence about this book I would urge you to get off (before you fall and break something) and buy it. If one of the suggestions is helpful to you then it is easily worth the cost.

- If you are undecided between the electronic or hard-copy versions I recommend the electronic format. Being able to immediately get to the referenced URLs, and doing it without typing anything, makes them even more useful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars nerd's treasure chest
I love this book. I'm a big old nerd who is really into unorthodox ways to improve and shortcut body and mind skills. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Josh Vogel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
This was a great purchase. There are some well known things in this book as well as some unique things, but it would be great for a beginner finding ways to increase their... Read more
Published 6 months ago by MarcSpectre
5.0 out of 5 stars Title Says It All
Ron Hale Evans in "Mindhacker" introduces techniques familiar to those who have sought to use "peg", "link", and numero-phonetic systems to garner the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Gerald D'Arezzo
5.0 out of 5 stars Ron has gathered many life-enhancing methods you can use to ...
Ron has gathered many life-enhancing methods you can use to improve your mind. Then, he explains how to put them into
Published 14 months ago by thomas m kutz
2.0 out of 5 stars Recycled stuff throughout the book
If you like a few tidbits of wisdom with a huge helping of filler this book is for you. Disappointing.
Published 18 months ago by AlexCAR
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
One does not need to master all 60 hacks in this book. If you can find just a few that work for you, the book will be totally worth it. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Anonimas Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars Mind Hacks is good read.
Very interesting and wanted to improve on my best tool that i think I have. Also, I offer advice secretly to people without them knowing and I needed new tools.
Published 23 months ago by B. Lumbreras
3.0 out of 5 stars Mindhacker
Mindhacker promises 60 tips, tricks and games to take your mind to the next level. There are hacks on time management, learning, memory creativity and more. Read more
Published on January 23, 2013 by Cathy Stucker
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay.
Plenty of people who rated just as I did waxed poetically enough for the rest of us.
+ Occasionally Good food for thought
- Not a whole lot of actual tips, and a whole... Read more
Published on December 27, 2012 by AY
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the price
This book is an excellent resource for better brain management. The content is delivered in an easily digestible manner that makes it all the more valuable as a resource
Published on August 6, 2012 by George J. Papison
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