Techniques To Learn Quickly And Efficiently Based On Science (Part 1)

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I watched an Olivier Roland’s video  and I learned good stuff.

I discovered that there were techniques to learn quickly and effectively based on science. These are things I didn’t learn at school and I think it’s the same for you.

The concept of the school system is to teach you how to memorize and use your new knowledge « at best » in new situations. It means that the school prepares you « at best » for your life. In fact, you prepared to have the minimum in your life.

You can spend 20 years or more in school and the school never teach you to learn. In fact, you only memorize for your exams.

it’s true that school can’t do everything so if the school doesn’t teach us to learn, we’ll learn that elsewhere. Here are some simple tips and tricks to learn effectively. These are things that help you improve your ability to learn to have more success in your life.

There are several universal skills you need to train to have an excellent learning ability :

Long-term memory

Learning how to properly memorize things you need or want to learn allows you to memorize more easily and for longer. Having an elephant memory is really handy.

Working memory

Working memory is where you download the element of your long-term memory to process them.

Ability to focus

Improving your ability to focus allows you to focus on something without being distracted. This improves your productivity and allows you to truly experience the present moment.

Will

Improve your will allows you to have the strength to reach your goals without self-sabotage. For example, you make a diet and your will allows you not to eat chocolate cake or you have a workout program and your will allows you not to play video games every days.

Motivation

Learning what motivates you and keeping this flame of motivation allows you to be more motivated than 80 % of people. Motivation means having more energy, more enthusiasm and more creativity in all that you do.

Know that there is good news. You can improve all these skills with tools and method in mode 20/80 (Pareto’s law).

Case study

case study

In 2008, researchers from the University of Bern in Switzerland and the University of Michigan in the United States found something revolutionary. What they discovered is that it’s possible to significantly increase our fluid intelligence. Let’s make a comeback in the past. In 1970, psychologists Raymond Cattel and John L. Horn found a concept that accepted by the majority of psychologists. This concept is that our intelligence divided into 2 main categories : fluid intelligence and crystallized intelligence.

Fluid intelligence is our raw intellect. This means that it’s our ability to think logically and solve problems in new situations.

Crystallized intelligence is our intelligence regarding our skills our knowledge and our experience.

Before 2008, researchers thought it was impossible to improve our fluid intelligence. These researchers believed that fluid intelligence was innate and that the crystallized intelligence was tied to what we learn.

In 2008, Dr Jaeggi and a researchers team created a software designed to train working memory and tested it on 70 people divided into 4 groups.

Here the scientific study .

The groups used this software 20 minutes a day for 8 to 19 days. They passed an IQ test before training with the software and after training with the software. The results compared to 4 other groups that hadn’t used this software.

The results were extremely surprising. All the people who have used this software have had a better IQ test. Here is the detail of the test result :

  • Fluid intelligence increased on average by 40 %.

  • The increase of fluid intelligence is directly related to the time going on to train with this software. People who trained for 19 days had increased their fluid intelligence 4 times more than those who trained for 8 days.

This show us that we can train our working memory as we can train our physical strength and endurance by doing sport.

This is what this software does, it trains our working memory. We use our working memory to count, read, play chess, think and so on. We can train our working memory as a muscle.

This is the end of Part 1. In Part 2, we’ll see how to concretely improve our intelligence.

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-Steph

All Food Will Kill Us

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I read a Nerd Fitness article  and I want to share this with you.

It’s true that life is simpler when we know nothing. We eat at fast food, we do exercises once a week and we’re going to work because it’s like that. Our existence is like « Ignorance is bliss ».

One day when I was talking with girls (it always starts because of a girl), I decided to have the 50 Cent’s physique. I was doing Taekwondo but I wasn’t paying attention to my diet so I started to study nutrition.

The food that kills

food killer

That’s how I learned that fat and cholesterol are bad so I started to eat less eggs. But I didn’t understand why « Rocky » ate it every morning.

Later, I learned that the gluten was bad. As I haven’t gluten intolerant, I don’t pay attention to that. With all this information, I told myself that if I had a farm, I would eat better. But I’m a city boy, I don’t know if I could live a whole year in the country side.

Later, I learned that the meat was bad. There is a group of people in China who don’t eat meat and they have less risk of heart disease. The idea of living longer pleases me but completely stop meat. No ! And I tested tofu.

Later, I learned that fish had mercury and mercury kills people. Even Tommy Lee Jones use fish to create a bomb in the movie « Blow Away ». Don’t laugh, go watch the movie!

It remains fruits and vegetables with that we’re safe. Cool, 600gr of fruit’s sugar per day and it’s perfect. But wait ? Steve Jobs was a fruitarian, he ate only fruit at every meal and he died of cancer !

No fruit, no meat, no fish. Fortunately there are vegetables. Ah shit, vegetables are now genetically modified. Well, I’ll go live on another planet, people are crazy here.

What !?! Wine is good for health because of antioxidants and resveratrol ? Look, I live next to France and I live in Switzerland, here we are drunk with wine. At every meal, there is a bottle of wine on the table.

How to do

how to do

It hurts the heart and gives headache to learn all this information. We have two choices :

  • Create an environment where all is sterile like a hospital room

  • Use common sense. Do your best with what you have and not take anything to the extreme.

I choose to use common sense :

  • Enjoy all in moderation

  • Eat more to gain weight. Eat less to lose weight

  • Drink mostly water and occasionally something else like rum.

  • Doing physical exercises several times per week

  • Don’t eat only one type or one category of food. Lot of vegetables, some meat, fruit, nuts

  • Focus on long-term goals and stop stressing about unimportant details.

And play video games or read manga if my mother said it rot the brain.

What is the craziest thing you have learned to be healthy and how you used it to extremes ?

-Steph

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