Mind Performance Hacks by Ron Hale-Evans

Mind Performance Hacks

You're smart. This book can make you smarter.Mind Performance Hacks provides real-life tips and tools for overclocking your brain and becoming a better thinker. In the increasingly frenetic pace of today's information economy, managing your life requires hacking your brain. With this book, you'll cut through the clutter and tune up your brain intentionally, safely, and productively.Grounded in current research and theory, but offering practical s...

Details Mind Performance Hacks

TitleMind Performance Hacks
Release DateFeb 13th, 2006
PublisherO'Reilly Media
GenrePsychology, Nonfiction, Self Help, Science, Reference

Reviews Mind Performance Hacks

  • Robert Nagle
    Mind Performance Hacks by Ron Hale-Evans. I bought this 2006 book by accident and have greatly enjoyed it (and used copies are selling for next to nothing on Half.com and Amazon. The book consists of 75 chapters of about 3-4 pages each. Each chapter contains a hack or technique for creative problem-solving or just mental exercises. Sounds hoaky, but page after page is loaded with insights: how to think analogically, learn an artificial language, ...
  • Steinar Sigurdsson
    I like this book because it goes straight to the methods or hacks if you will, unlike other books where you have to search for the tricks after wading through long intros and useless chatter. In the memory part of the book he rightly picks Dominic O'Briens method to focus on who I'm a big fan of.
  • cory
    one gun, two shoe, three tree. if you want to be able to remember lists of thousands of items and write perl scripts to make something exciting happen in your life (oxymoron?) then i recommend this.
  • Eva
    This was a pretty nifty book--if not to apply, then just to read. Quite varied and skimmable. I only wish I'd encountered some of the advanced mnemonic techniques (like the Major or Dominic System) or calculating tricks during high school or college, when they would have been worth learning. I don't do much, if any, memorization anymore! The book also mentioned an interesting experiment from Elizabeth Spelke's lab. There was a rectangular room wi...
  • John Constable
    I bought this ages back in one of OReilly's sales (its been in a couple since, so keep your eyes out). I dug it out after getting hooked on LifeHacker's "I am... and this is how I work' series, which made me wonder what other areas I could apply the whole self improvement thing to.I enjoyed reading it, but after reviewing the bookmarks and annotations I'd made, I found I wasn't going to be implementing any of them - the useful ones I'd already co...
  • Ignas
    Expected to get really nice things from this book, but honestly dropped after ~25% of the book. Read some random places too (while this book could be read like that). And in overal - didn't liked it. Yes there are some good techniques described, but while it gets to the point it becomes too boring and also sometimes descriptions are to complicated or too boring. The book didn't motivated me enough to try at least few techniques right away. Will t...
  • Cristina
    A mind-opening overview of mental techniques; Lots of new information and terms VARK, cruft, po, scamper; For anyone with a wish to improve. Plus, I already (and unknowingly) nurtured a lot lf respect for Ron Hale-Evans because of his www.ludism.org/mentat site and his mnemonic list which has quite a few common items with mine (Neil Gaiman, Douglas Adams, Isac Asimov, Tolkien characters and so on)
  • Arjan
    Not what I expected at all... And too much SF references for my liking.
  • Spike Gomes
    If you don't have a book on mind performance tips, then this one is an okay one to get to start off with, to see which direction you want to go. I already have several, so a lot of the more useful things are a retread of concepts explained in greater depth in other books, and yet others are more like interesting tricks rather than anything useful or applicable. For example, while the concept of being able to count up to a million on your fingers ...
  • Dorian D-W
    There are lots of great tips in this book about how to use your brain better, some focusing on memory, others on creativity, and chapters about mental math and communications.They are quite a varied range of hacks, from the rather obvious or even condescending (sleep more), everyday helpful tricks (using mnemonics or visual journeys to improve short-term memory), to the implausibly difficult (learn an artificial language). There's a lot of stuff ...