• MIND HACKING 101 Hacking Into Your Brain’s Permanent Storage Tiago Silva [email protected] @tiagosilva 2010
  • Mind Hacking 101 An (Un)Healthy Obsession . Had to learn a lot of boring stuff . Refused to, it was just too boring . Exam was 50% theory, 50% practical . Solution: hammer theory and pray . Problem: how to memorize 200 pages . Hint: Guinness World of Records
  • Mind Hacking 101 Guiness World of Records . Ben Pridmore can memorize: - 930 binary digits in 5 minutes - 4140 binary digits in 30 minutes - 364 playing cards in 10 minutes - 1404 playing cards in 60 minutes . There had to be a trick . There was a trick . I learned the trick, and passed... barely...
  • Mind Hacking 101 Self-Assessment 1. Chicken 6. Computer 2. Mountain 7. Baseball Bat 3. Barbara Streisand 8. Snake 4. Book 9.Car 5. Cigar 10. Apple
  • Mind Hacking 101 Keep in Mind Storage amd retrieval . We’re good at storing information . We suck at retrieving information . This limitation can be hacked Encoding . Repetition sucks, is boring, and unreliable . Use all your senses . Make a hollywood mental movie . Embed emotions . Use stupidity
  • Mind Hacking 101 The Link System . Sequential access . Create a storyline . Make each item an actor . Make each actor interact with the next . Keep it stupid!
  • Mind Hacking 101 The Peg System . Direct access . Link System is like a Tape . Peg System is like RAM 1 - Tree (one trunk) 6 - Revolver (six bullets) 2 - Light Switch (on/off) 7 - Dice (lucky number seven) 3 - Stool (three legs) 8 - Skate (it rhymes) 4 - Car (four doors) 9 - Cat (nine lives) 5 - Hand (five fingers) 10 - Bowling (10 pins)
  • Mind Hacking 101 The Major System . Use phonems to turn numbers into words . Extend the Peg System . Memorize any number 0 - S, Z 5-L 15 = T - L = TaiL 1 - T, D 6 - SH, J 25 = N - L = NaiL 2-N 7 - K, G 30 = M - S = MouSe 3-M 8 - F, V 38 = M - V = MoVie 4-R 9 - P, B
  • Mind Hacking 101 Übergeekness 314 = MTR = MoToR 3.1415926 = 159 = TLP = TuLiP 535897932 26 = NJ = NuDGe 384626433 53 = LM = LaMa 58 = LV = LaVa 83279502 ...
  • Mind Hacking 101 Breaking the Bank . Memorize playing cards . Drive Casinos bankrupt (I wish...) . Encode cards with Major System . Apply Link System . Apply Peg System . Layout Pegs spatially 2 of Clubs = C2 = CaN 5 of Diamonds = D5 = DoLL 8 of Hearts = H8 = HiVe 3 of Spades = S3 = SaM
  • Mind Hacking 101 Remembering Everything . Software that knows what you forgot . Make a database with all you knowledge . Make mini-daily reviews . Result: you know everything
  • Mind Hacking 101 Memory Tracking Systems . Supermemo (horrible interface) . Mnemosyne (open source but basic) . Fullrecall (uses neural network for nice predictions) . Nihonaid (mine, discontinued, but still in sourceforge)
  • Mind Hacking 101 Unforgetter . Software-as-a-Service Memory Tracker . As easy as it can be . Generic: works for everything . Uses crowdsourcing to weed out bad content . Manages motivation
  • Q&A “there is no such thing as dumb questions, only weird presentations” Tiago Silva [email protected]
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Tiago Silva presentation @ BarcampPT 2010, about brain tricks and reminding techniques.
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  • MIND HACKING 101 Hacking Into Your Brain’s Permanent Storage Tiago Silva [email protected] @tiagosilva 2010
  • Mind Hacking 101 An (Un)Healthy Obsession . Had to learn a lot of boring stuff . Refused to, it was just too boring . Exam was 50% theory, 50% practical . Solution: hammer theory and pray . Problem: how to memorize 200 pages . Hint: Guinness World of Records
  • Mind Hacking 101 Guiness World of Records . Ben Pridmore can memorize: - 930 binary digits in 5 minutes - 4140 binary digits in 30 minutes - 364 playing cards in 10 minutes - 1404 playing cards in 60 minutes . There had to be a trick . There was a trick . I learned the trick, and passed... barely...
  • Mind Hacking 101 Self-Assessment 1. Chicken 6. Computer 2. Mountain 7. Baseball Bat 3. Barbara Streisand 8. Snake 4. Book 9.Car 5. Cigar 10. Apple
  • Mind Hacking 101 Keep in Mind Storage amd retrieval . We’re good at storing information . We suck at retrieving information . This limitation can be hacked Encoding . Repetition sucks, is boring, and unreliable . Use all your senses . Make a hollywood mental movie . Embed emotions . Use stupidity
  • Mind Hacking 101 The Link System . Sequential access . Create a storyline . Make each item an actor . Make each actor interact with the next . Keep it stupid!
  • Mind Hacking 101 The Peg System . Direct access . Link System is like a Tape . Peg System is like RAM 1 - Tree (one trunk) 6 - Revolver (six bullets) 2 - Light Switch (on/off) 7 - Dice (lucky number seven) 3 - Stool (three legs) 8 - Skate (it rhymes) 4 - Car (four doors) 9 - Cat (nine lives) 5 - Hand (five fingers) 10 - Bowling (10 pins)
  • Mind Hacking 101 The Major System . Use phonems to turn numbers into words . Extend the Peg System . Memorize any number 0 - S, Z 5-L 15 = T - L = TaiL 1 - T, D 6 - SH, J 25 = N - L = NaiL 2-N 7 - K, G 30 = M - S = MouSe 3-M 8 - F, V 38 = M - V = MoVie 4-R 9 - P, B
  • Mind Hacking 101 Übergeekness 314 = MTR = MoToR 3.1415926 = 159 = TLP = TuLiP 535897932 26 = NJ = NuDGe 384626433 53 = LM = LaMa 58 = LV = LaVa 83279502 ...
  • Mind Hacking 101 Breaking the Bank . Memorize playing cards . Drive Casinos bankrupt (I wish...) . Encode cards with Major System . Apply Link System . Apply Peg System . Layout Pegs spatially 2 of Clubs = C2 = CaN 5 of Diamonds = D5 = DoLL 8 of Hearts = H8 = HiVe 3 of Spades = S3 = SaM
  • Mind Hacking 101 Remembering Everything . Software that knows what you forgot . Make a database with all you knowledge . Make mini-daily reviews . Result: you know everything
  • Mind Hacking 101 Memory Tracking Systems . Supermemo (horrible interface) . Mnemosyne (open source but basic) . Fullrecall (uses neural network for nice predictions) . Nihonaid (mine, discontinued, but still in sourceforge)
  • Mind Hacking 101 Unforgetter . Software-as-a-Service Memory Tracker . As easy as it can be . Generic: works for everything . Uses crowdsourcing to weed out bad content . Manages motivation
  • Q&A “there is no such thing as dumb questions, only weird presentations” Tiago Silva [email protected]
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