What do you mean by n-blindness?
I’m also interested in this, there are lots of things I’d want to track (and use the data from) but I don’t know a good not messy framework for it.
I don’t have so much experience with memory palaces but I have used mnemonics a fair bit with SRS/IR. It’s hard to explain and I have no idea how transferable it is but I don’t think it’s as hard to make mnemonics as you think. E.g.: if you’re trying to memorize a word in Japanese which sounds like random syllables, if you lift the filters on your brain it isn’t as bad as you’d think to figure out some connection by which to give those syllables meaning where they had none and to more easily memorize the word.
Pretty much my experience until I discovered SuperMemo/Incremental Reading/SRS. It’s pretty weird how little teachers think about teaching students how to learn when they’re supposed to spend so much of their time doing it.
I’m curious about the visualization stuff. I don’t think it’s all just talent but I don’t know how much of it could be gained from practice either.
4) Visualization practice and memory palaces make you more able to see and manipulate 3D structures.
Have you seen any studies on this by chance? I’ve thought about learning drawing for roughly similar reasons but I’ve never been able to quantify well enough if the benefits are wroth the time investment.
I like mate and I mainly chose it over coffee because of the issues the OP mentioned. It feels like it works fairly well, I usually make a tea of 1-2 spoons and have it after waking up from night sleep and again after waking up from afternoon nap.
I have no idea how I’d do it but I think I’d like to try making mate gum at some point because apparently gum has benefits for focusing as well.
Have you considered trying SuperMemo instead of Anki? Anki is a pain to use because it gives you tools for memorizing but nothing else. SuperMemo works way better because it has tools for learning/processing/managing material then memorizing it, when it’s reasonably learned.
Video I made on SM recently: SuperMemo for Wizards
Regarding wires, have you tried wire boxes? Like this: https://www.amazon.com/Bluelounge-CableBox-Cable-Management-System/dp/B0019T0JA2/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=wire+box&qid=1591639112&sr=8-1
They’re pretty simple but by eating up all slack on your wires they make things look way nearer. They’re the only wire organizing solution that I’ve found to really hold up over time.
I’m happy to hear that!
1-self learning: How I read it so far is that instead of selecting “the way” first and optimizing it later, instead it might be a good idea to focus on learning how to learn by yourself first, recognizing what’s the most effective in any given case, be it via internet or an actual human resource such as a tutor.
Sort of, though this is mostly my vague theory. I think the ultralearning thing that Panashe mentioned could be a useful framework though I’m not super familiar with it. People like Peter Gray who are experts on homeschooling/self directed learning could also be worth looking into.
By the way, my solely main motivation for her to know English was the access to much better materials so she can learn by herself.
Yeah, that’s a pretty important long-term skill. It would be really challenging to have be able to freely learn whatever you want without access to the English internet.
A quick search shows that there are some very reasonably priced democratic schools around. So great to see there are some options like this (at least, I will be able to get some references or even visit them myself)
Awesome. One thing to be careful of is that people think schools are important for socialization. I like Seymour Papert’s answer to that:
Nothing bothers me more than when people criticize my criticism of school by telling me that schools are not just places to learn maths and spelling, they are places where children learn a vaguely defined thing called socialization. I know. I think schools generally do an effective and terribly damaging job of teaching children to be infantile, dependent, intellectually dishonest, passive and disrespectful to their own developmental capacities
I’ve found the above criticism fairly true for my experience with school. I ended up with a lot of not great socialization habits that took a long while to unravel.
It feels like I’m going on a bit too much but one other heuristic to consider: try to do for your daughter what you would have liked as a child rather than what you as a parent think you should do. It’s very easy to assume that you know better than your child, and you do, but coercion is really bad. Trying to influence choices by making them appealing is far healthier than forcing things which I think younger you probably would have appreciated too.
His book touches on spaced repetition (he’s a big proponent of the testing effect) and other things. It’s really about how to put together effective learning projects, from the research phase, through execution.
Oh I didn’t know that. Raises priority a bit then.
I am interested in IR, but I don’t have a windows machine (MacOS/Linux) and don’t think the overhead of maintaining a VM would be worth it. Do you IR everything you read online, or do you reserve it for materials in your field? I mostly take notes in roam, and add particularly salient things that I think I’ll want to remember to anki.
If you use IR well, in my opinion it would increase long-term potential by at least 1,5-2 times. If you don’t trust me and take my claim at say 1.2 times, I think even then it’s worth the time investment of trying a VM and trying SM for a while to verify the claim (I don’t think there are any other interventions that would improve long-term potential as much as SM).
I’m actually using it on a Mac in parallels and it works pretty well. VMWare on Linux is also mostly good though in the end I ended up switching from Linux because VMWare has this weird behavior where it exists fullscreen everytime you change workspaces. It drove me crazy. You can run SM through wine with this with a few constraints. I haven’t tried it personally though.
I don’t have a particular field (I am in university but I don’t care about it very much), I learn based on what I find interesting and applicable. I’ve found a lot of golden nuggets I otherwise would never have with incremental reading. I tend to just import everything I see that looks shiny but it’s still manageable because of SuperMemo’s priority system. I’ll probably never get to all the things I import because of the rate of new things vs. rate of review but I’m slowly making peace with that. At the least, priority system makes it possible to import as much as you want but still be certain that you focus most of your time on the things that matter more.
Roam seems pretty nice to me and I really wish there was an SM plugin to replicate graph connection functionality. I write a lot in SuperMemo and while it is extremely useful to be able to write things incrementally, graph view would be likely a better way to work on things.
Noted. The SuperMemo wiki has always seemed quite unwieldy to me, but I’ll take closer to what he says to say on topics outside of spaced repetition.
For SuperMemo documentation, I would definitely agree. It is not fun figuring it out on your own. From recent experiences teaching people, I think being taught 1-1 is a far easier way to get started with it. I can generally teach people in 1-2 hours what it took me around a fair while (at least a month) to figure out.
For other subjects on supermemo.guru blog, I think the articles are pretty good though not many people seem to be aware of them which is unfortunate.
Interesting about ultralearning, I will need to skim that in more detail some point. Without spaced repetition/incremental reading, that looks like the best method of learning to me. I get the feeling this is why my generation (2000s onwards) lack practical skills, we almost never learn for a purpose so we end up lacking the notion that we can do things yourselves. There are plenty of things I really wanted to do (like building a table from scratch [I really love big tables]) that I never did because I had no experience and had never had any experience that would tell me where to start.
Regarding SuperMemo, yes, I use the software and incremental reading extensively (if you have an interest in learning it, I would happily teach you). I would go insane learning without it, especially because I have ADHD and incremental reading makes managing what to learn easy.
I also subscribe heavily to Woz’s ideas. I like them because they tend to be much closer to global maximas (e.g. free running sleep) because societal/academic norms do not restrict his views.
A lot of them, especially about learning, really changed my life. Though I also love what he has written about sleep, stress, ADHD, addiction amongst other things.
Did you read about B2D linked by OP? This is what Bloom found (from wikipedia):
the average tutored student was above 98% of the students in the control class”.:4 Additionally, the variation of the students’ achievement changed: “about 90% of the tutored students … attained the level of summative achievement reached by only the highest 20%” of the control class.
I don’t think high school can hold a candle to that. All the content in any specialized class can be found online and learned at the leisure of the child rather than praying for a decent teacher that fits the kid.
B2D shows clear superiority of 1-1 over 1-many but I think it neglects something even better: 1 to self. IMO, issues with 1 to many teaching result from high semantic distance: teacher is either too far ahead of student or are teaching things the student already knows. Thus, they’re always stuck either frustrated or bored. 1-1 teaching eliminates that because a tutor knows what the student does or not know; they can teach with continuous low semantic distance that isn’t frustrating.
I think 1-self teaching goes beyond tutoring because:
1. you know what you don’t know so if you need some preceding information you can find that for yourself (in large part thanks to the internet)
2. teaching is centered around the idea that a teacher knows what you should know better than you do. In many cases, I don’t think this makes much sense. If I want to learn how to make x thing, getting a general education on the field x falls into (field y) doesn’t make sense. Learning a bunch of useless things in field y is a waste of my time. If I’m deciding what to learn by myself, I can make sure that I’m not only learning things efficiently but that I’m choosing what to learn effectively.
As a result, I think prioritizing large behavioral spaces where your daughter can make mistakes and figure things out by herself is better than any rigid system forcing her to learn things she doesn’t want to. (Note: you might think that having her educated in depth on some topic and having lots of knowledge is useful. Free learning leads to higher coherence which in turn makes knowledge more applicable and better retained. No matter how well your daughter is taught trigonometry, if she learns it independent of her own desires the ability will likely stick to being useful only for useless math problems.)
I highly recommend reading any of the articles in I would never send my kids to school; particularly the ones you find yourself disagreeing with the most.
I would also check out Sudbury or democratic schools, which are schools with high behavioral space and very low in coercion.
The people at the bottom here mentioned in further reading could also be helpful.
I’m vaguely trying to work on looking at 1-self learning as a means for solving B2D (thanks for the acronym by the way) better than 1-1 learning. I have no formal science background but I’ve started talking with a professor who found it very interesting. Hopefully we can find something concrete though I have no idea how we’d test it right now.
Unfortunately, I’m too confident in my own views and there are a lot of priors I’m guessing we don’t share that might make some of this not make sense. Please bring them up and I will try to answer them though most answers could probably be found in some way on supermemo.guru.
I know this is a long dead thread but on the off chance notifs reach any of you guys, do you folks still use SuperMemo?
Edit: I just realized I can dm people directly. Gonna do that
Are you still using SuperMemo?
The link for “Chaos: When the present determines the future, but the approximate present does not approximately determine the future.” appears to be not working
Earmuffs have helped me a lot for productive time. The silence lets me focus more on what I’m trying to work on. Compared to my noice cancelling headphones (qc 35 II) I can’t play music even if I want to to so less likelihood of distraction. On occasion though, if they aren’t enough by themselves I’ll put earbuds inside the earmuffs with low wind noise. I can hear pretty much nothing external after that.
They also help me sleep on planes since they block out a fair portion of the noise.
This is the one I use: https://www.amazon.in/3M-Peltor-X5A-Over-Earmuffs/dp/B00CPCHBCQ
It looks ridiculous when you wear it. Really ridiculous, I won’t lie.
Eyemasks and earplugs have helped a lot for sleep. I’m not sure how to quantify the benefit but I haven’t slept without them (for nightsleep) in at least a year from what I can recall.
Have you tried barefoot running? I haven’t tried running with shoes on all that much so I don’t have much to compare to but I find barefoot running really fun and anecdotally it seems my knees act up a bit less with it. I was partially inspired to try it originally by: