For a few years, I’ve been developing a project called Become Better at Everything. The premise is simple. Many common intellectual inadequacies (real or perceived) can be greatly reduced by addressing a few fundamental issues (such as a poor memory, discomfort with mathematics, and chronic disorganization). Become Better at Everything breaks down the mechanisms that “naturally intelligent” people use to learn, remember, and approach problems, and shows you how to employ these mechanisms yourself. By formalizing and optimizing the methods by which you procure, process, apply, and retain information (and by adopting structured practice habits surrounding these methods), I believe you can essentially learn to become smarter.
This week marks the release of the first book in the series, Never Forget Again. The next two books, Master the Language of the Universe and The New, Reliable You are finished and will be released in late 2013 and early 2014, respectively.
Since the topic of the first book is memory, I thought I’d write a bit about the state of mainstream memory development and explain why I bothered to write a three-hundred page book addressing a relatively well-explored topic. (more…)