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Hack Your Brain

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We're curious minds, hackers and tinkerers.
We love to tweak our tools.
But our most important and wonderful tool is our own brain.
How can we understand what's going on so we can hack it?

This is the full-text slide deck for "Hack Your Brain".
You can find all the trivia in "Hack Your Brain - Trivia" and a french (lighter) version in "Hack Your Brain - FR".

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Hack Your Brain

  1. 1. hAcK yOuR brAin @abelar_s - maitre-du-monde.fr @HumanTalks 12/02/2013 These are full-text slides for « Hack Your Brain » The talk’s slides are lighter because too much text annoys and distracts the audience. You will find more details here. Trivia: https://speakerdeck.com/abelar_s/hack-your-brain-triviamercredi 13 février 2013
  2. 2. Who am I ? ‣ EPITA, Faveod, ParisRB ‣ Ruby depuis 2006 ‣ Rails depuis 2007 GMathieumercredi 13 février 2013
  3. 3. Who am I ? ‣ EPITA, Faveod, ParisRB ‣ Ruby since 2006 ‣ Rails since 2007 And I have some heroes. For Science. ‣ they’rein no particular order ‣ they may have much, much more trivia ‣ some of these fun facts might be mythsmercredi 13 février 2013
  4. 4. iNtelliGence Leonardo da Vincimercredi 13 février 2013
  5. 5. What is it? Albert Einstein Sorry, I can’t and won’t define it ‣ is it some quantity? ‣ you’re smart ‣ he’s talented ‣ she has a gift ‣ or a kind of muscle? ‣ you worked hard ‣ he spent hours on this! ‣ she’s put a lot of effortmercredi 13 février 2013
  6. 6. The problem is Kurt Gödel when you’re at a limit ‣ you’re not smart ‣ you’re ashamed ‣ you will never succeed ‣ your ego will not want to try hard things you might fail ‣ work on it! ‣ I failed? I didn’t work enough ‣ Get out of comfort zone ‣ Seek challenges, get better!mercredi 13 février 2013
  7. 7. Genius! Évariste Galois geniuses don’t exist ‣ that’s about respect ‣ he’s smart? he earned it ‣ don’t dismiss his hard work ‣ and self-respect ‣ you can be a genius too! ‣ it’s never too latemercredi 13 février 2013
  8. 8. QED Karl-Friedrich Gauss the sky’s the limit ‣ self-fulfilling prophecy ‣ the first step is believing ‣ think you can’t? you won’t! ‣ put the extra effort ‣ go from good to great ‣ rate yourself on 10‘000 not 10 ‣ form habits ‣ make 110% become your 100% ‣ don’t let 80% become 100%mercredi 13 février 2013
  9. 9. Read more... Daniel Tammet ‣ The secret to raising smart kids Carol S. Dweck: http://www.scientificamerican.com/ article.cfm?id=the-secret-to-raising-smart-kids ‣ Sebastian Marshall http://sebastianmarshall.com/the-1-to-10-scale-vs-the-1- to-10000-scale ‣ Derek Sivers https://sivers.org/kimo « There’s no speed limit » ‣ Daniel Tammet « Embracing the wide sky »mercredi 13 février 2013
  10. 10. eXpertiSe SMBC, by @ZachWeiner http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2722mercredi 13 février 2013
  11. 11. Mastery Grigori Perelman Guess what? I can’t and won’t define it ‣ Beginner ‣ knows some rules ‣ Skilled ‣ knows and applies the rules ‣ Expert ‣ understands the rules ‣ combine them into new stuff ‣ Master ‣ innovates, teaches ‣ breaks the rules, innovates ‣ « feels », has a trained instinctmercredi 13 février 2013
  12. 12. 10‘000 hours Bobby Fischer ‣ will10‘000h make me an expert? ‣ deliberate practice ‣ explorations ‣ serendipity ‣ questionsmercredi 13 février 2013
  13. 13. Read more... Srinivasa Ramanujan ‣ Terrence Tao : http://terrytao.wordpress.com/career- advice/there’s-more-to-mathematics-than-rigour-and-proofs/ ‣ SMBC ! http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2722 ‣ Google « 10‘000 hours »mercredi 13 février 2013
  14. 14. MemORy Archimedesmercredi 13 février 2013
  15. 15. Memory Benjamin Franklin I won’t define it either ;) but there’s lots of research and it’s getting better understood ‣ It’s actually a graph ‣ we’re storing many, many bits of knowledge ‣ we’re retrieving better if they’re woven together ‣ similarities / differences to what we already know ‣ works better if it’s personalmercredi 13 février 2013
  16. 16. Forgetting ‣ Reinforcement ‣ Spacingmercredi 13 février 2013
  17. 17. Experiences « Rasta » Liebniz ‣ themes and categories ‣ relate new things to known stuff ‣ add emotions ‣ how does this make you feel? ‣ add examples ‣ remember abstract stuff by their concrete examples ‣ Look at ankisrs.net ‣ also used in duolingo et al.mercredi 13 février 2013
  18. 18. tOOlbOXmercredi 13 février 2013
  19. 19. Be stupid! Richard Feynman http://www.scotthyoung.com/blog/tag/studying/ ‣Feynman Technique ‣ ask « stupid » questions ‣ don’t get lost at the start! ‣ use simpler words ‣ add analogies / metaphors ‣ you might find errors in the common wisdom ‣ Subtle variations isn’t this ringing a bell? ‣ Lean Startup ‣ Fail fastmercredi 13 février 2013
  20. 20. Hirschfield’s rules Marie Curie ‣ http://blog.creativethink.com/2006/11/tom_hirshfields.html 1. set targets: not too small, nor too big 2. don’t look at details first 3. rephrase 4. try another direction 5. explain to other people 6. transforming a problem into another problem 7. if it’s surprising, it’s useful 8. study the inverse problem 9. analyze your own methods 10. ask « why this? »mercredi 13 février 2013
  21. 21. QED Grace Hopper Have you noticed? these are actually tips to: ‣ time management ‣ like setting priorities ‣ hacking motivation ‣ getting results is a key ‣ better health ‣ hacking yourself is caring about yourselfmercredi 13 février 2013
  22. 22. Questions ? maitre-du-monde.fr @abelar_s: - twitter - slideshare -speakerdeck Thanks!mercredi 13 février 2013
  23. 23. Credits Entrepreneur Infographic: Kanjis http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/annavital/becoming-an- entrepreneur-infographic-book Zach Weiner: Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, « 11 lives » comic: http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2722 Gotlib: La Rubrique à Brac : Isaac Newtons GMathieu: Normalien / Centralien / Alien Unknown: Archimedes & Rasta Liebniz ... Alan Turingmercredi 13 février 2013

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