4 min read · May 12th · “Our memory is a more perfect world than the universe: it gives back life to those who no longer exist,” once said French author Guy de Maupassant. Whether it’s short-term memory allowing us to…
Do you sometimes forget where you put your glasses or your keys? That’s the absent-mindedness sin playing tricks on you — when we have lapses of attention. The problem can arise both at the encoding stage (when a memory is formed), and at the retrieval stage (when a memory is accessed). As a result, we forget what we were just planning on doing, or where we left an object.
It is thought that blocking happens when the brain tries to retrieve information, but another memory interferes with it. We feel like retrieval is imminent (“It’s on the tip of my tongue!”) but the memory is temporarily blocked
3 min read · Apr 26th · While bounded learning is based on a fixed curriculum with specific educational outcomes, unbounded learning embraces the never-ending cycle of personal growth generated by continuous education. It is…
Switching between different learning channels will help explore the concepts from different angles, reinforcing your comprehension in the process.
Mix and match the content to fit your needs. Don’t stick to just one course or one book to study a topic
Learn in public. One of the easiest ways to unbound your education is to learn with others
1 min read · May 7th · This note describes the system which implements A reading inbox to capture possibly-useful references.Reading comes in many flavors, and different tools are appropriate for capturing and reading…
~12 min read · 2020-03-16 · Series Navigation: Progressive SummarizationProgressive Summarization II: Examples and Metaphors >> Modern digital tools make it easy to “capture” information from a wide variety of sources. We know…
~20 min read · Feb 22nd · If you’re after a way to supercharge your learning and become smarter, the Feynman Technique might just be the best way to learn absolutely anything. Devised by a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, it…
Pretend to teach a concept you want to learn about to a student in the sixth grade. Identify gaps in your explanation. Go back to the source material to better understand it. Organize and simplify. Transmit (optional).
4 min read · 2020-11-20 · Disclaimer: I talked with Christian about what backlinks are. I don’t mean it as a technical concept like software and web developers would use the term. To me, a backlink is a link that allows you to…
3 min read · 2020-10-14 · I’m obsessed with thinking in maps: discovering and creating connections between ideas, adding nodes to a knowledge graph, finding patterns across distant areas of knowledge. However, the traditional…
~13 min read · 2020-08-10 · In 2016, I read 57 books. I read like I was running out of time. It felt like an achievement, yet by the end of the year, I could scarcely recall even one useful idea from each book. That moment was a…
5 min read · 2020-10-13 · Using principles from hourly work to define productivity in knowledge work has resulted in highly inefficient work conditions for many employees. Time is not a measure of productivity.
Cultural remnants from the industrial age meant that many managers relied on presence to measure performance
What’s more, time is a terrible incentive for productive work: someone who manages to finish their work faster gets penalised compared to a slower employee
if you finish a task ahead of a deadline, give yourself a pat on the back and take a break! You deserved it.