- File Size: 553 KB
- Print Length: 607 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: CogZest; A.2 edition (November 10, 2014)
- Publication Date: November 10, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00PHVISBK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Cognitive Productivity: Using Knowledge to Become Profoundly Effective Kindle Edition
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Probably first and foremost, the book seems like it could use a good editor to tighten it up.
The descriptions of cognitive processes and research are decent, but the book falls over when the author gives examples of his own work processes, as they would only make sense to the author. Here's an example on tagging documents:
"I recommend you use a convention to make it easier to find information you include in meta-docs. That is to prefix some of your meta-information with tags, such as ,, (two commas). For example, where you record your criticisms, you could use ,, ~:, where you record your action items, you could use ,,!, where you note terms, you could use ,, Term:"
The technology alluded to is fairly basic -- essentially, search for the cryptic markings you've made.
,,~: that makes so much sense.
I'm nearing the end, and if anything changes I'll update my review. For the moment though, I wouldn't recommend this book.
If you're drowning in the details of this book (as one reviewer was), read the sections on surfing, delving and developing (part 3) FIRST.
These will teach you how to read a book of this caliber. When you can, I think you'll find it to have a high CUPA score (caliber, utility, potency and appeal - a quick template the author teaches to help you decide which resources to delve/develop).
I came across this gem after my 3rd delving of "How to Read a Book" by Mortimer Adler on the author's website. He promised to address where, with the advent of computers, AI and cognitive science, "How to Read a Book" falls short.
In my opinion, the author didn't just live up to his promise. He exceeded it with flying colors.
Yes, there is repetition -- lots of it.
Yes, the author goes into depth and detail about many findings you may not care about (at this time).
And YES, it is a "hard" read (length, depth, unfamiliarity).
However, the repetition reinforces the goals of the book. The depth, detail and citations are all there aplenty to reinforce the author's arguments and show you he's done his due diligence. And if much of the cognitive science is unfamiliar to you, it has potential to be an extremely POTENT resource. I have a master's in applied psychology and I still picked up a few useful gems.
Unlike many other amazon reviewers, I'm not going to give a short list of highlights or takeaways... that would be missing the entire point of what the author is trying to achieve.
He's helping you help yourself in becoming a more effectant and effective person.
I've already realized noticeable gains in clarity, efficiency and output since starting this book a little over a month ago. I'm almost through the delving process, and am looking forward to developing "productive practice" methods for my clients.
Read the book, mine it for its gems, and take them to market. You'll be generously rewarded for your efforts.