How to remember everything you learn
Why don’t we remember more of what we read and see online?

Not being able to explain your logical position means that you’re enslaved to other people’s opinions.

Charlie Munger: “I never allow myself to have an opinion on anything that I don’t know the other sides argument better than they do.”

Nicholas Carr, The Shallows: information is organized in schemas in your long term memory.

Memory doesn’t get turned into long term memory unless it passes through *working memory*, which is limited to ~4 slots. If we don’t grapple with ideas, it’s easy for them to get pushed out.

1. *Recall method of retention*: after you study something, look away from it, and try to remember as much as you can. (This is why I take notes.) Spend 30 seconds after a chapter or a video and attempt to remember its key points.

2. *Feynman technique of retention*: act like you’re going to teach something to someone. Write out your notes. If you get stuck, go back to the material and review.

3. *Spaced repetition* flash cards, etc.

Spend more time thinking about 1 thing, rather than getting tons of things in our mind.
memory  retention  youtube 
14 days ago
Fermat's Library | The Mundanity of Excellence: An Ethnographic Report on Stratification and Olympic Swimmers annotated/explained version.
Interesting contrast to Gladwell’s 10,000 hours. They see a discrete stratification of abilities near the top of the sport that does not correlate with training time, but better corresponds to attitude toward training (joyful, perfection of technique).

One interesting example is that excellence doesn’t decay as quickly as expected, because the qualitative differences that lead to it like technique improvements, aren’t forgotten.

Sartre: “What people would like is that a coward or a hero be born that way”, which protects all of us by degrading the achievements it pretends to elevate.
15 days ago
Spiritual Materialism - Chogyam Trungpa
Spiritual materialism is clinging to the path, something that enhances the ego.
trungpa  materialism  spiritual  buddhism 
18 days ago
No-Knead Bread Recipe - NYT Cooking
3 ingredient no knead bread recipe.
recipe  bread 
18 days ago
Steve Bannon | Full Address and Q&A | Oxford Union - YouTube
Not as crazy or as bad as you might think from his time in the Trump administration.

Rise of China and export of jobs to Asia; $7T spent on wars in mid-East; financial crisis (no one was ever held accountable)
bannon  oxford  union 
19 days ago
Culadasa -The 5 ultimate insights that lead to direct awakening. - YouTube
- Impermanence
- Emptiness
- Causal interdependence of all phenomena
- The nature of suffering
- The illusoriness of a separate self.

The fifth, insight into no-self, is the culminating insight that actually brings enlightenment.

As long as we cling to the notion of self, the implications of the other insights are deeply disturbing.

From this point forward, you will increasingly have insight experiences that can trigger the kind of insight that leads to awakening.

As insight accumulates, your understanding of yourself increases.
culadasa  dharma  awakening 
19 days ago
Robert Greene on Mastery | Full Address | Oxford Union - YouTube
We have 3 education in live. The first is from our parents, the second from the schoolmasters, and the third is from the world. The third contradicts the first two.

Treat everything like an observation. Apprenticeship

Creativity is a mastery process.
greene  mastery  power  youtube  darwin  leonardo  coltrane 
19 days ago
This Is How Successful People Manage Their Time - YouTube
1. Life is precious. 1440 minutes in a day. Make the most of each one. You can do so much in a minute. Urgency.
2. Work on most important thing first thing in the morning. If you spend your morning responding to email, you’re working on other people’s MITs. Spend time working on your own.
3. Work on your calendar, not your todo list. If you really want to get something done, pick a date, a time, and a duration, and do it.
4. To overcome procrastination, beat your future self. How do I conquer the person that I know will resist what I want to do. If you can’t be disciplined, be clever.
5. There will always be more to do. Andy Grove: the day ends when I’m tired, not when I’m done, because I’ll never be done. Be intentional about your day, you’ve allocated time for other things. Do them.
6. Always carry a notebook. Branson claims that his single most important possession is his notebook. David Allen: our minds are best for processing information, not holding on to information.
7. Control your inbox. Inbox is procrastination. Shut off notifications on your phone. Look at your inbox when you intend to. Process email 3x day.
8. Schedule and attend meetings as a last resort. Say “no” as often as possible. Maybe say “no” to meetings before noon. If you have to say “yes” to a meeting, say “no” to long meetings.
9. Say “no” to everything that doesn’t support your immediate goals. Urgency again. Everytime you say “yes” to something, you say “no” to a bunch of other things.
10. Follow the pareto principle 80:20 rule. 80% of the results in an activity come from 20% of the tasks. Just focus on those things.
11. Focus on your unique strength and passion. Power of delegation. Pass down to others the things you’re not uniquely qualified to achieve. Free up your time
12. Batch your work with recurring themes. E.g. one theme per day. Focus days, buffer days, free days. Buffer day is a catch up. You do not work on free days.
13. If you can do a task in less than 5 minutes, do it immediately.
14. Routinely use mornings to strengthen mind/body/spirit. Meditation, exercise.
Productivity is energy and focus, not time. We all have the same 1440 minutes per day. Take care of body. Take more breaks. We’re built for focused sprints (e.g. pomodoro).
time  management  todo 
19 days ago
The Remarkable Brain Waves of High Level Meditators
Master meditators have gamma wave responses all the time.
meditation  eeg  buddhism 
23 days ago
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