Mind Performance Hacks
Tips & Tools for Overclocking Your Brain
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: February 2006
Pages: 332

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 solutions you can apply immediately, Mind Performance Hacks is filled with life hacks that teach you to:

  • Use mnemonic tricks to remember numbers, names, dates, and other flotsam you need to recall
  • Put down your calculator and perform complex math in your head, with your fingers, or on the back of a napkin
  • Spark your creativity with innovative brainstorming methods
  • Use effective systems to capture new ideas before they get away
  • Communicate in creative new ways-even using artificial languages
  • Make better decisions by foreseeing problems and finding surprising solutions
  • Improve your mental fitness with cool tricks and games
While the hugely successful Mind Hacks showed you how your brain works, Mind Performance Hacks shows you how to make it work better.
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5.0

I am a "ninja of the mind".

By CJ

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    Comments about oreilly Mind Performance Hacks:

    This is an extraordinary kit of clever ideas for those who are interested in improving their life and themselves. I'm a 22 year old guy, who grew up a "self parent", and essentially making use of the valuable knowledge I find. The one suggestion I have about reading MPH (Mind Performance Hacks)is to trust your own judgement and be open-minded. This book has remained a frequently used reference of mine, since I bought it roughly three to four years ago. The "hacks" provided are genuinely brilliant, and can essentially help the reader overcome any obstacles they may encounter, by creating the necessary mental tools they need. Although mastering and maintaining those tools is useful towards the understanding of "how we can make our lives easier". The more important meaning behind each new "hack", is the reader learns about "how we can make life more enjoyable". There is a great deal of gratitude towards the moment that I'm now more aware of, because of the collaborated information in this book. I'm pretty sure Levar Burton wouldn't call it "life changing", but shit I'm not hosting Reading Rainbow.

    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great book, great read!

    By Arjan

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    Comments about oreilly Mind Performance Hacks:

    I'm still reading parts and bits and almost every hack is right on the spot. Sometimes a hack is not for me but then it is still amusing to read. I recommend it to all my friends, whether they read English or not. Keep up the good work!

    Full disclosure: I choose the 5 stars because I liked is tht much ;-)

    (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    fascinating and helpful

    By Anonymous

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    Comments about oreilly Mind Performance Hacks:

    Mind Performance Hacks is much more than a "hack" book. I didn't expect to read all of it since you normally only read the "hacks" of particular importance to you at the moment.

    I did read the entire book though because it was so fascinating and helpful.

    The first chapter was somewhat of a disappointment since many of the memory hacks only fit with a natural ability for visual or musical talent, which I don't have. And 1 or 2 of the hacks were so complicated that you'd have to need to memorize a huge volume of material to make it worth while to work hard at the hack to get good enough to find it useful. This is certainly not the

    fault of the author since he was only letting you know about the hack.

    But I loved chapter 2 on information processing, especially the map your mind hack. I've done mind maps before but this book mind it more "how to" to really assimulate the information. It also had a hack for speedwords that looks very useful which I hope to implement soon.

    The Math chapter was also helpful if you need to develop more of a "feel" for numbers and get to an

    approximate answer quickly.

    The book has a nice format. Each hack starts with a brief overview. Then the In Action section explains the details. Then the How It Works section explains how your brain is using the hack. The In Real Life section gives an example of how the author used the hack. Finally, the hack ends with lots of external references to web sites and other books.

    I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to have a non-technical understanding of how their brain works and how to get more out of it. If you are a creative person and need to get more out of your thoughts, this book is for you. If you are an analytical person and need to make better decisions or be more intuitive about numbers, this book is for you. If you are just curious on a few hacks to have better recall, this book is worth getting. I bet you end up reading the whole book, like I did!

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
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    They Might Be Mentats

    By John Michael Greer

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    Comments about oreilly Mind Performance Hacks:

    A first-rate practical introduction to methods of working with rather than against your own brain: clear, readable, and extremely useful. I'd recommend it insistently for anybody who thinks -- and if you don't, it might just get you started.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    one for dipping into

    By dakegra

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    Comments about oreilly Mind Performance Hacks:

    This is a great little book, full of funky tricks and tips for improving, amongst other things, your mental arithmetic, memory, ability to brainstorm effectively and so on.

    The hacks themselves are split neatly into eight sections: Memory, information processing, creativity, math, decision making, communication, clarity, and 'mental fitness'

    Some of the hacks in the book are pretty intense, requiring a fair amount of legwork (or should that be brainwork?) to get them up and running. Some of the memory systems for example would clearly need you to remember the system before you could remember other things!

    I loved the way that the hacks are set out - starting out with what the hack will achieve, how it would work 'in action', then applying it so that you can see how it would work 'in real life'

    My favourite section was the Creativity section, with some great ideas and tips for getting the old grey matter ticking along. As with every O'Reilly book I've read, the author's style is friendly, clear and informative, not to mention funny.

    You may not use all the hacks in this book, but I'll bet you a dollar you come out of it wanting to try more than a few. Top stuff.

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