Summary of LUCK FACTOR Dr Richard Wiseman – Are You Feeling Lucky? How to Get Lucky with Scientific Principles

LUCK FACTOR – Are You Feeling Lucky?  How to Get Lucky with Scientific Principles

The summary of the Luck Factor by Dr Richard Wiseman

Summary of The Luck Factor by Dr Richard Wiseman

Summary of The Luck Factor by Dr Richard Wiseman

The Luck Project was originally conceived to scientifically explore psychological differences between people who considered themselves exceptionally lucky and unlucky. This initial work was funded by The Leverhulme Trust and undertaken by Dr. Richard Wiseman in collaboration with Dr. Matthew Smith and Dr. Peter Harris. To explore the subject more read The Luck Factor’ by Dr. Richard Wiseman available as an ebook.

Dr. Wiseman has since built upon this initial work by identifying the four basic principles used by lucky people to create good fortune in their lives, and developing techniques that enable individuals to enhance their own good luck.

“Fortune favours the prepared mind.” Louis Pasteur

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Mindmapping for Mac – MindNode – FREE software for mindmapping

MindNode is a simple mindmapping software Mac and it’s FREE. Mindmapping is a recommended tool for speed reading as well as other tasks such as brainstorming/think tank, holiday planning, moving home, buying homes, research, writing a book or a corporate report, project management in any environment (school, meeting, workplace, home, etc). The results can be exported in PNG, Tiff, PDF, RTF, HTML.
http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/mindnode-free/id402397683?mt=12

Kara Tointon and dyslexia: a BBC documentary on dyslexia – Kara Tointon: Don’t Call Me Stupid

Actress Kara Tointon presents a documentary (Kara Tointon: Don’t Call Me Stupid) about dyslexia and meets other dyslexics whose moving stories reveal the impact it can have on young lives without the right support. Interesting story and they offer her a simple solution of wearing coloured glasses for reading which help.

Concentration point for dyslexics – it helps with reading
There are many other ways to help this spectrum of difficulties with  reading – for example a concentration point that seems to help with concentration when reading. This point was originally discovered by John Duns Scotus, a 13th century Franciscan monk and philosopher. He developed the ‘duns cap’ which was worn by children who needed something to help them focus. Later a ‘dunce’s cap’ was used to stigmatise ‘stupid’ children. The concentration point was a key feature of the system developed by Ron Davis (see his book ‘The Gift of Dyslexia’) to help children with dyslexia to read. Focusing on the point of concentration can also open your peripheral vision.

This is how to do it: the point of concentration is about 30 cms above and slightly behind your head (the point of a wizard’s hat).
• touch the top of your head and move your hand back to the concentration point – get a sense of the space, and keep your attention on the point when you take your hand away
• imagine an orange, a melon, a balloon on that point
• focus on your left foot, right knee, left hip, right palm, left elbow, right shoulder – and then the concentration point
Once you have focused on the point, relax and focus on the reading material (you do not have to keep your attention on the point).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DQFbQWyOdw

Test for dyslexia – if you can read this – you probably don’t have dyslexia (or certain type of dyslexia).
WEIRD: How cmoe yuor bairn is albe to undnertsnad tihs snetence eevn tghouh olny the frist and lsat ltetres of ecah wrod are crreoct? Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, But the wrod as a wlohe. And you touhhgt taht sepllnig was iprmoetnt!

The future of books?


Meet Nelson, Coupland, and Alice — the faces of tomorrow’s book. Watch global design and innovation consultancy IDEO’s vision for the future of the book. What new experiences might be created by linking diverse discussions, what additional value could be created by connected readers to one another, and what innovative ways we might use to tell our favorite stories and build community around books?

Read more for (almost) free

Low-cost tips to get books cheaper:
1) Swap your old books – readitswapit.co.uk – a free online second-hand book exchange where you can recycle your old books and pick up someone else’s cast-offs, for just the price of postage.
2) Get free extras – iPhone users can read exclusive unseen chapters for free
3) Buy second-hand – worldofbooks.com – a wide range of second hand books and novels to choose from, including best selling books, fiction, biography, children’s, thrillers and mystery, food and drink, text books and much more.

Save Wikipedia pages as PDFs and create ebooks of the pages

Wikipeda allows to export pages in PDF format for saving, reading and sharing offline. You can also bundle different pages into one ebook. Open the relevant page on Wikipedia – go to Print/export tab on the left-hand navigation column. To make ebook click on Create a book. Very handy – remember though that Wikipedia content might not be always totally reliable or accurate. Still it’s one of the best ways to get an overview of the subject which is one of the key aspects of speed reading.

NLP Conference – Reader to Speed Reader to Spd Rdr – London 14 November 2010

NLP CONFERENCE
We’re giving a short presentation at the NLP Conference in London on Sunday 14th November, 2010 at 1330 – 1415.  Reader to Speed Reader to Spd Rdr
Many people perceive themselves as slow readers. But becoming a speed reader is not just about reading more quickly. As Einstein said, you can’t solve the problem on the level at which it’s been created. When we shift to a new level of identity the appropriate behaviours will follow. This session will give you some of the skills required to become a speed reader. When you leave the session, you can expect to be reading about twice as fast as when you came in, but more importantly, you should be getting through up to 10 times more material in the time you have available.

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Further education online (free) – top websites

“Five years from now on the web for free you’ll be able to find the best lectures in the world,” Gates said at the Techonomy conference in Lake Tahoe, CA today. “It will be better than any single university,” he continued. Why wait, start now with top websties offering free lectures, lecture notes, audio and video presentations, etc
iTunesU
– some 200 000 free audio and video lectures from universities worldwide (and US institutions such as Yale and Standford)
MIT OpenCourseWave – The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has free lecture notes, tests an audio and video of its professors
YouTube – is used by many universities (such as the University of California in Berkley) to upload their fee stuff
Open Culture – links to more than 250 free online courses offered by universities around the world + daily updates of interesting academic, cultural and scientific information

Get your ebooks for FREE – top free book websites

While ebooks are now outselling hardbacks 2:1 you can get lots of free ebooks online. Here’s a list of the top free book websites.

1) gutenberg.org – download over 33,000 free ebooks to read on your PC, iPad, Kindle, Sony Reader, iPhone, Android or other portable device –  and the competitor manybooks.net
2) booksinmyphone.com – read ebooks on your mobile phone
3) worldlibrary.net – shelves more than 750,000+ PDF eBooks in 100+ languages
4) freecomputerbooks.com – links to thousands of free IT books and manuals, free computer, mathematics, technical books and lecture notes
5) mangafox.com – read hundreds of foreign comic books (with English translations)

Stress damages memory

Stress damages memory according to research by the University of California. Cortisol has been shown to damage and kill cells in the hippocampus (the area of the brain that is responsible for memory) and there is evidence that chronic stress causes premature brain aging. It has shown that even short-term stress can affect memory by activating ‘corticotropin-releasing hormones’, which disrupt the process by which the brain collects and stores memories. On the other hand, recent research by scientists in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science shows that acute stress can benefit the brain: it causes it to produce hormones that boosts its ability to learn and remember.

When we’re anxious our adrenal glands release the stress hormones adrenalin and cortisol. This response helps our bodies to deal with the immediate crisis we’re facing by increasing heart rate and blood glucose levels to give us energy and also dampening our digestive and and immune system and ability to rest.  Prof Robert Sapolsky, a pioneer in the field of stress, established  that problems can occur if our exposure to the hormones is prolonged. Other research suggests that 80% problems with learning are to do with stress. So learn how to manage stress (some tips from prof Sapolsky). Breathing, meditation, smiling (helps to release endorphines – happy hormones), NLP and EFT (emotional freedom technique)/tapping help to combat stress.

130 million books in the world in total – Google’s estimate

130 million books: Google’s estimate for the number of unique books ever published – based on its efforts to digitalise them all (to be precise 129,864,880 books in the world). We suggest to learn speed reading fast to catch up with all this reading and read as many summaries as possible. Reading summaries not only saves times but research suggests that we remember more from reading summaries than from reading the whole books. Start with we recommend Passing Time in the Loo: Vol 3 – summaries of all-time great books (over 130 books summaries). Available as an ebook from Amazon Kindle Store (US) and Amazon Kindle Store (UK)

1200 new words entered into the new Oxford Dictionary of English (3rd edition)

The latest edition of Oxford Dictionary of English will have 1200 new words. Words such as bromance, chillax, freemium, quantitative easing, deleveraging, spot-buy, paywell, vuvuzela, waterboarding, exit strategy, surge, rogue estate, and so on. Some old words will be see the exit – cassette deck, flashcube, internaut, cyberslacker. More on new entries read…
Related blogs: The words that tell the story how we live – top words of the decade

Ebooks outsell hardbacks on Amazon’s Kindle

More people buy ebooks than hardbacks.
The pace of change in publishing is accelerating. Over the past few weeks the sales rate of ebooks had reached 180 for every 100 hardbacks sold. Stieg Larsson (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Stephenie Meyer (The Twilight saga) each selling more than 500 000 digital versions. James Patterson has sold 1.1m ebooks.

NLP CONFERENCE, London 12-14 November 2010, Reader to Speed Reader to Spd Rdr

We’re giving a short presentation at the NLP Conference in London on Sunday 14th November, 2010 at 1330 – 1415.
Reader to Speed Reader to Spd Rdr

Many people perceive themselves as slow readers. But becoming a speed reader is not just about reading more quickly. As Einstein said, you can’t solve the problem on the level at which it’s been created. When we shift to a new level of identity the appropriate behaviours will follow. This session will give you some of the skills required to become a speed reader. When you leave the session, you can expect to be reading about twice as fast as when you came in, but more importantly, you should be getting through up to 10 times more material in the time you have available.

Hot tips for e-readers: use heatmap map of passages or collective wisdom

Kindle ebooks allow to share individual insights into the ebooks. E-readers can aggregate their experience of a text, so that anyone can identify those passages that collective wisdom had identified as particularly pertinent. Enough ereaders need to highlight a passage to be visible to others as an aggregate or a reading heat map. It’s a great idea to save time reading ebooks by showing key passages illuminated by layering all readers’ highlights for the same text. More insights into ebooks, e-reading, etc

Amazone’s new Kindle e-book reader

The new Amazon’s device for reading ebooks costs £100 and is a size of of a paperback book. Will it change the way we read ebook? It can store up to 3500 ebooks and one can download new titles in seconds from the online catalogue of more than 400 000 ebooks. Amazon is already selling most of ebooks for $9.99 (£7.53) and promises to undercut prices of paper books and ebooks rivals such as Apple and Sony. “In the US we now sell more electronic books than physical ones and we are happy to bring this to the UK,” said Steve Kessel, Amazon Kindle’s senior vice president. (To be exact, it had sold 143 ebooks for every 100 hardbacks). I’ve been using Kindle on my iPhone and iPad (and on my Mac) for some time now and I love it. Download Kindle for FREE to your mobile, iPad or PC/Mac and start ereading. To save time on reading start with book summaries. We recommend: Passing Time in the Loo: Vol 3 – Book Summaries (Summaries of Classics, Novels, Plays, Short Stories, Children’s Classics and Operas) [Kindle Edition] –  more than 150 books summarised. And to brush on Shakespeare: Passing Time in the Loo: Shakespeare – Summaries of Shakespeare’s Greatest Sonnets and Plays (Comedies, Tragedies, Histories) (Passing Time in the Loo: … Glimpse Of His World And Greatest Plays) [Kindle Edition]

Do people read slower on Kindle and iPad?

Recent research by the Nielsen Norman Group found that it takes longer to read books on a Kindle or an iPad than in print. On average reading speeds declined by 6.2% on the iPad and 10.7 on the Kindle compared with print versions.  I personally think I’m reading much more in volume on my iPad and iPhone, simply because it’s more convenient and accessible way of processing information. I believe once we read more on portable devices such as iPad and iPhone we’ll develop our ability to read ebooks faster than print books.  The sales of ebooks on Amazon overtook the print sales for the first time last Christmas. Read more on this study