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(Cracked)   Yes you can have superpowers, just try one of these brain hacks to get you started   (cracked.com) divider line 38
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2013-03-25 03:32:47 PM
Or I could just remember things.
 
2013-03-25 03:34:01 PM
FTA: Remember Long Lists With a "Memory Palace"

So basically they're trying to convince us to remember the Cracked articles we read?
 
2013-03-25 03:37:18 PM
FTA:  #2. Control Anger by Using Your Less-Dominant Hand

So no more furious masturbation?
 
2013-03-25 03:40:05 PM

utsagrad123: FTA:  #2. Control Anger by Using Your Less-Dominant Hand

So no more furious masturbation?


Well Im ambidextrous, I can switch hands and gain a stroke.
 
2013-03-25 03:40:22 PM
"Brain hacks"? Really?
 
2013-03-25 03:42:30 PM
I figured out three of those five things on my own in college.

Don't particularly need any more self control / anger management.
 
2013-03-25 03:42:41 PM

Agent Smiths Laugh: Or I could just remember things.


No no no, you're not getting it.  If you work harder at remembering things, you'll remember them better.  This article has been such a revelation for me.
 
2013-03-25 03:44:16 PM
I didn't see anything in there about an accident in the lab that exposes me to alien radiation which alters my molecular structure and gives me supersmarts.
 
2013-03-25 03:44:33 PM

utsagrad123: FTA:  #2. Control Anger by Using Your Less-Dominant Hand

So no more furious masturbation?


I have heard that "a friend of a cousin" watches a lot of internet porn and her hands are involved and so forth. Do you know where that might be?
 
2013-03-25 03:44:55 PM
I find it odd and wonderful that Cracked has been the source of so many interesting articles featured on Fark, especially given that this was my introduction to Cracked:
images.wikia.com
 
2013-03-25 03:45:09 PM

utsagrad123: FTA: Remember Long Lists With a "Memory Palace"

So basically they're trying to convince us to remember the Cracked articles we read?


5 items is a long list?
 
2013-03-25 03:45:56 PM
Thought the article would be about hooking a 9v up to your noggin for some CES.

I am disappoint.
 
2013-03-25 03:48:59 PM
I already have retard strength.
 
2013-03-25 03:50:37 PM

Cagey B: "Brain hacks"? Really?


Malarkey isn't malarkey if you use high falutin made up werdz.
 
2013-03-25 03:52:51 PM
No Chuck references? Intersect 2.0 ruled man.
 
2013-03-25 03:53:30 PM

reillan: utsagrad123: FTA: Remember Long Lists With a "Memory Palace"

So basically they're trying to convince us to remember the Cracked articles we read?

5 items is a long list?


What's the question again?  I forgot.
 
2013-03-25 03:53:58 PM
I always get pissed off when I watch jeopardy.
 
2013-03-25 03:54:42 PM
A few of those are valid.  Mock it or not, the memory palace thing works, as does writing things out.  And you might want to look into a system for remembering numbers called the "major system".  It's pretty great.
 
2013-03-25 03:59:22 PM
upload.wikimedia.org

Powers. I have them.
 
2013-03-25 03:59:27 PM

Oldiron_79: utsagrad123: FTA:  #2. Control Anger by Using Your Less-Dominant Hand

So no more furious masturbation?

Well Im ambidextrous, I can switch hands and gain a stroke.


Darn you. beat me to it.
 
2013-03-25 03:59:32 PM
I don't know, quitting sounds easier.
 
2013-03-25 04:00:01 PM
Stop calling everything a "hack."
 
2013-03-25 04:09:08 PM

Prank Call of Cthulhu: Stop calling everything a "hack."


What would you have them call a hack? Why are you such a word snob?

/a hack is a hack is a hack
 
2013-03-25 04:11:54 PM

Master Sphincter: What would you have them call a hack?


A "hack." Those, however, were not hacks.
 
2013-03-25 04:19:55 PM
The memory palace one works. Can't vouch for anything else on the list.

Used it in college to memorize the periodic table. Already knew most of the names thanks to a certain Tom Lehrer song, but that doesn't help with the atomic numbers.

But I heard about this trick, and visualized a trail through the woods I used to walk daily as a kid, and could probably do blindfolded. I pictured each element, in numeric order, hanging trees along the trail. Then, to remember the info, I just had to recall where on the path it was. If I couldn't remember one, I just backtracked to one I did know, and followed from there. I knew the trail so well that soon I knew where every element was in relation to every other one.

/csb
 
2013-03-25 04:25:59 PM

caddisfly: I find it odd and wonderful that Cracked has been the source of so many interesting articles featured on Fark, especially given that this was my introduction to Cracked:
[images.wikia.com image 850x1186]


I remember when Cracked was funny, too.

/I always preferred Cracked to Mad.
//Even if the old Mad cartoon books were awesome.
 
2013-03-25 04:27:42 PM
You want a "mind hack?" Try not believing everything some cultural celebrity tells you, even if s/he's published 6 light entertainments and has 1066 Facebook Friends. And you can stop applauding now, the cool kids clique you're trying to join graduated 27 years ago.
 
2013-03-25 04:31:44 PM

The One True TheDavid: s/he's published 6 light entertainments


Are you shooting for schizophrenia patient of the month?
 
2013-03-25 04:32:52 PM

ModernLuddite: caddisfly: I find it odd and wonderful that Cracked has been the source of so many interesting articles featured on Fark, especially given that this was my introduction to Cracked:
[images.wikia.com image 850x1186]

I remember when Cracked was funny, too.


When did it start trying to be Psychology Today Lite?


/I always preferred Cracked to Mad.
//Even if the old Mad cartoon books were awesome.


Uh-huh. And Velveeta's better than cheddar.

Not that Mad was that funny either, at least not when I read it in the mid-late '70s. Watching the fat kid eat bugs got boring after a dozen years too.
 
2013-03-25 04:41:52 PM
I learned about the memory palace while reading Moonwalking with Einstein, and it really does work.  I can memorize the order of a shuffled-up deck of cards thanks to it.  Of course, I haven't applied this to anything useful and my memory still stinks in regards to everything else.
 
2013-03-25 04:49:19 PM
Memory Palace works for item series, but is useless for text or dialogue.  I do a lot of theater and have to memorize lines/cues/dialogue on a regular basis.  I have an aural memory as opposed to a visual one, so I can read lines all day and not learn a thing, but if I hear the dialogue repeatedly I pick it up quickly.

That works for dialogue, but when I got cast as the "stage manager" (i.e. narrator) for Our Town, I was faced with memorizing whole monologues of anywhere from two to five pages or more, no breaks. (And I had to do them with a New England accent, but that's another CSB.)  My girlfriend at the time, a really sharp elocutionist, came up with a method that's pretty standard. You need two people, a Reader and a Learner.  The Reader has the script in front of her, the Learner nothing.  The Reader reads the first sentence of the monologue aloud.  The Learner repeats back the first sentence.  The Reader reads the second sentence of the monologue aloud. The Learner repeats back the first and the second sentences. The Reader reads the third sentence of the monologue aloud. The Learner repeats back the first, second and third sentences, and so on, until the Learner screws up.  The Reader goes back to the sentence that was screwed up and repeats it aloud, the Learner works up to that point, and on from there until the next screw-up, and so on.  The Learner can memorize up to a page of monologue an hour this way.  Works like a charm.
 
2013-03-25 04:54:54 PM

Oldiron_79: utsagrad123: FTA:  #2. Control Anger by Using Your Less-Dominant Hand

So no more furious masturbation?

Well Im ambidextrous, I can switch hands and gain a stroke.


I call that technique, "The Lonesome Stranger."

/I swear I hear that in Krieger's voice in my head.
 
2013-03-25 04:55:31 PM

Richard Roma: I can memorize the order of a shuffled-up deck of cards thanks to it.  Of course, I haven't applied this to anything useful


Pro Tip: if you like your fingers painless and intact, do not apply this in Vegas.
media.sdreader.com
 
2013-03-25 05:23:26 PM

fireclown: A few of those are valid.  Mock it or not, the memory palace thing works, as does writing things out.  And you might want to look into a system for remembering numbers called the "major system".  It's pretty great.


The memory palace things works great if you have a visual memory, which not everyone does. It took me a long time to understand that when some says, "Now picture it in your mind" or "Imagine you're on the beach and see the waves strike the beach" that they weren't talking figuratively but actually expected me to be able to SEE something inside my head, like a waking dream. Totally freaked me out.
 
2013-03-25 05:24:11 PM

UsikFark: The One True TheDavid:

s/he's published 6 light entertainments

Are you shooting for schizophrenia patient of the month?


You're missing the point.

E.g., my generation grew up being told that Norman Mailer was a genius with great ideas on the future of civilization and that Heller's Catch 22 epitomized the psychology of war. We also inherited worship of Catcher in the Rye and, worse, the prewar Modernists.

Which admittedly has very little to do with the subject of this Cracked article, but then I started drinking shortly after noon.
 
2013-03-25 10:31:01 PM
I do the writing thing if I am studying. Instead of highlighting a whole book I rewrite the entire thing. However, if I'm in a meeting listening to a presenter I doodle.
 
2013-03-26 10:01:08 AM
Spaced repetition is universally accepted as effective on Less Wrong; I haven't tried it myself though.
 
2013-03-27 11:28:06 AM

Theory Of Null: I always get pissed off when I watch jeopardy.


Same here. Someday I will be on that show, so gotta control it by then.
 
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