Tune your brain

As I wrote on note (in Japanese),

気づいたら実は勉強のプロ説 [たかくん]

it is good to know how your brain works and how to use your brain more efficiently. Knowing what the brain does helps you to do the right things, what I mean the right things is that you use less time to achieve the same thing. If you can do something in much less time than do it, as usual, that would be wonderful wouldn't be? Those who want to know how to achieve that I recommend that you read this book.

Principles of Neural Science, Fifth Edition

It is such a good book, I highly recommend it because there is so much information about the brain itself, how it works, what it comprised of, how our visual system works, how do we memorize things, and so on and on and on and on. No wonder why this book contains so much because it has 1600+ pages and written by spectacular renowned scientists on earth. Looking at the authors' page, I astonished how many people are engaging with this book and how many resources went to it. I was amazed that so many talented people made this great book altogether, it is just unbelievable, so much effort, so much time.

Reading this one book brings you to enough knowledge to do the right things, I believe. I mean again the right things here means that the more efficient way you do the things. And beyond that, I think to know what the brain is and how the brain composing our life may change your way of thinking. It has just so much impact because in everyday lives, what makes us human is just the brain. As Descartes said, 我思うゆえに我あり.

It is, of course, valuable to know how the brain works. It is practically useful when you learn something new or try to learn difficult content. Knowing how the memory works let you think more efficient way to achieve those tasks. And the skills are simply really valuable in this flooding information age. People often see the value of schools or qualifications, but it is just a result of something you did. It is sometimes separated from the process of how you approached. And I think sometimes it is more important how you got those and what tools, what way of thinking you used to obtain the results. Learning how the brain works help the latter ability directly.

It can be summarised as follows: Learn how to learn. And as you know, there is the very content on the Internet.

Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects by Coursera

For those who don't know what Coursera is, here's the info:

Coursera was founded in 2012 by two Stanford computer science professors with a vision to provide anyone, anywhere with access to the world’s best education. Professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng put their courses online for anyone to take— and taught more learners in a few months than they could over an entire lifetime in the classroom. Today, Coursera has expanded to reach more than 40 million people and 1,900 businesses around the world. On Coursera you can find online courses, Specializations, certificates and degrees from 190+ world-class universities and companies, including Yale, University of Pennsylvania, Google, IBM, and more.

By the way, I often used those Coursera like services like a year ago. It is useful if you are familiar with English and you want to know something new from the spectacular professors, it's one of the best places to learn. The contents are good, apparently, but in addition to that, you can learn how those great professors teach the lecture, how they make their syllabus and curriculum. I would say just looking at those things is simply a good thing.

And I just notice that now I can write this many sentences in like a thirty minutes or so. It is unbelievable looking back to a year ago. I was like, "I want to write a blog post in English, but it is difficult for me considering my poor vocabulary and writing skill..", here I am. Thank you for your so much support, I made it!

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