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#1 Thales

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Posted 25 April 2010 - 08:46 PM


I think Imminst should create a board for sharing and collaborating on spaced repetition decks. Many on this forum appear to intelligent but have indicated that they wish they had a better ability to recall information. With spaced repetition programs like Anki we can help solve those problems, the cost being the time spent reviewing the cards and the time spent making them.

Right now Anki has a built in sharing feature, but the only shared cards have to do with learning languages(or memorizing Japanese superhero names).

However, if more people interested in improving their recall over a broader range of information were to make cards and share them we could greatly minimize the time lost making cards as the work would be spread out between us.

It seems like a good idea to have a different forum board for this because it will help people work collaboratively and it will give us a place to post suggestions for creating new decks that we have a common interest in.

The board could also in force rules and guidelines for the decks we share to help ensure that what we share and create is of a high quality and will be useful for each other.


The reason it makes sense to this through Imminst is that a lot of smart people who wish they had better recall seem to gather here.

Please let me know what you guys think.

Edited by Thales, 25 April 2010 - 08:50 PM.


#2 Thales

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Posted 25 April 2010 - 08:58 PM

The collaborative work could be done through the google documents application, where multiple people can work on a single document at a time.

I am thinking of creating a set of cards for every stanford encyclopedia of philosophy article I read. Who wouldn't be interested in that??

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#3 chrono

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 11:45 AM

I'll be looking into this more, I haven't come across this technique before.

I think a forum for this alone might be unwarranted. But I've often thought that a Nootropics subforum for "techniques" would be incredibly useful. Brain games, holosync, memorization, study skills, speed reading, self-hypnosis, meditation, mind machines.... A subforum there would make more sense, though this topic and a google doc/dropbox might work nicely for the moment.

These are very relevant to cognitive enhancement alone, and I think it's pretty apparent that nootropics work better if you use them to "exercise" your brain. At the moment these things have a tendency to end up in the disused "Research" section.
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#4 Shay

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 01:52 PM

I'm also interested, though have only recently discovered the subject and have no decks created.

I was pursuing Mnemosyne which is open software, cross platform, and looks like it has a pretty decent set of user created decks, above and beyond just languages, already uploaded and growing.

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 10:15 PM

If we got a large group making and sharing database I would fully commit to the project. I used to use SuperMemo and loved it, only I got too ambitious and started scanning entire textbooks before I even memorized what I had.

http://www.supermemo.com/

Even if you use a more modern program (most are based on the supermemo algorithm), the supermemo website is worth looking at. The guy who created it basically lives and breaths spaced-repetition now, became a happy social recluse after incorporating the method into everything from e-mails to conversations with people. Possibly excessive but the man knows his spaced-repetition.


@Chrono
I also think a technique subforum would be great. Dual-N-Back has subjectively done more for me in less then two weeks than any single nootropic, can hardly imagine it combined with spaced-repepition. These are things that deserve individual attention.

Edited by NeuroGuy, 22 October 2010 - 10:20 PM.


#6 brokenportal

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Posted 24 October 2010 - 02:14 AM

What is it you propose to help people remember through this? If your talking about remembering things about nootropics then like Thales is saying something like a google doc seems to be the way to go. We had an Imminst wiki but it was not used very much and so it was pulled. If you can build a small committed team, at least 2 or more, and at least 1 meeting per month for you guys to advance it, then we may be able to bring that back.

This whole topic reminds me of the George Orwell quote that "Sometimes the first duty of intelligent people is the restatement of the obvious."

If Im gathering this right, I agree with the principle of this and encourage you to make it happen. Also, consider creating a topic in the project suggestions section that links to this.

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Posted 24 October 2010 - 10:32 PM

I think a forum for this alone might be unwarranted. But I've often thought that a Nootropics subforum for "techniques" would be incredibly useful. Brain games, holosync, memorization, study skills, speed reading, self-hypnosis, meditation, mind machines.... A subforum there would make more sense, though this topic and a google doc/dropbox might work nicely for the moment.

These are very relevant to cognitive enhancement alone, and I think it's pretty apparent that nootropics work better if you use them to "exercise" your brain. At the moment these things have a tendency to end up in the disused "Research" section.

I agree, I've been wanting a subforum or a generalised section for Neuroscience/The Brain/The Mind for a while now. There are many topics and ideas which don't just quite fit into the Nootropics section but that end up there anyway or in a less-relevant area like Research as you mentioned. Perhaps we should get a vote going in the Members section or something?

#8 brokenportal

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Posted 24 October 2010 - 10:47 PM

Maybe adding to the title of the Nootropics section? Something like say, Nootropics & Neuroscience, or maybe like, Nootropics & Neuro-technique.

#9 gwern

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Posted 01 December 2010 - 08:02 PM

I don't think it's a very good idea. You're basically proposing to fork both the Anki and Mnemosyne communities for no particular reason. Nothing you've suggested conflicts with Anki or Mnemosyne practices, so why not just work with them? Why bear all the overhead for no gain? If you want philosophy flashcards, then make them.

(Both groups have, BTW, far more public flashcard decks than just languages or Japanese superheroes, which makes me think you didn't look into this very carefully.)

#10 Heisenberg

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Posted 05 December 2010 - 06:21 AM

There is a large supermemo usergroup on yahoo groups. From my experience with this particular group, most threads circle around how to use the software, which is helpful to a degree, albeit less focused on actual memorization techniques.

A techniques subgroup may be exhausted and become redundant very quickly I am afraid. People interested in this should read Mindhacks and similar publications, most of which have established their own forums already.

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#11 gwern

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 12:17 AM

What is it you propose to help people remember through this? If your talking about remembering things about nootropics then like Thales is saying something like a google doc seems to be the way to go. We had an Imminst wiki but it was not used very much and so it was pulled.


To expand on my other comment, I agree. A wiki needs to meet a real need, and it needs to not compete with Wikipedia (otherwise anyone sane will just go work on Wikipedia). I think it's possible for an Imminst wiki to work, but it needs to be carefully done; my thoughts on that specifically: http://www.gwern.net...potential-wikis




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