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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, 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

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 www.wiley.com/go/mindhacker for code, various programs, and a few surprises


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118007522
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118007525
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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When I read the authors' first book, I felt that I had finally stumbled upon something more along my vein of reading style. At the time, I had just put down "Mind Hacks" (a book by another author) with a bit of disappointment -- despite it being a great book. I was actually hoping it would be something more like "Mind Performance Hacks" which was the first book these authors put out. So when I found their that book, I enjoyed it enough to read through it several times, adapting several of the ideas they had suggested.

If you have read the first book then you may be like me. I found this book, and in realizing that it was by the same authors, I was excited enough to make the purchase right on the spot without much of a glance at the contents. I figured there would be some overlap on the original topics with some expansion of some new ideas; I thought perhaps the authors made a second edition under a different publisher, but, this book is clearly a much more advanced evolution of the first.

With that, I mean that this is NOT an attempt at a second edition, but rather more of a sequel - comprised of many completely new ideas and building upon some of the previous. It's obvious to me that the authors didn't want to rewrite the original book, but rather, they themselves considered the first book to be the groundwork, with this one as a second stepping stone.

If you're new to Ron and Marty's books, you might look at it as an in-depth look into ways of advancing one's life from all of the little corners by pulling in from what others have learned and adapting them to your own lifestyle. I consider myself a 'patternist', and as such, I am always looking to optimize my life by finding patterns in my own ways of doing things and tweaking them.
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