Summary: We remember 90% of what we teach to others. If you don’t have the privilege of standing in front of a group of students and sharing your knowledge, how can you teach others? Write a blog post!
Do you ever wish that you could expand the capacity of your brain?
In a recent (disturbing) article about Elon Musk’s company Neuralink, his company has the ability to wire a device to a person’s brain to connect to the internet and allows for humans to download information directly into their brain. Originally proposed to help people with dementia and other brain debilitating diseases, this is just a red herring for the real intention to be used on healthy normal human brains. And, Elon Musk’s goal is to have this operational in a human being by the end of 2020!
Elon Musk has said, “We will either have to merge with AI or be left behind” and “AI doesn’t have to be evil to destroy humanity”. Elon’s purpose for creating his company Neuralink is to help humans combat against what he perceives as a Clear and Present Danger for humanity being enslaved by AI, but through Neuralink he may be helping the enslavement.
This brought back memories of this scene from “The Matrix” about learning how to fly a helicopter in 5 seconds:
As fascinating as the science fiction demonstrated in the Matrix seems, and how tantalizing the promise of “Fast Learning” by jacking into their brains, remember this is what the Matrix used to ENSLAVE HUMANS through Corporate Dictatorships like Metacortex! I don’t know about you, but don’t sign me up for this!
However, there is a far easier way to expand the capacity of your brain.
Write a blog post!
In the blog post entitled, “6 Techniques to Develop your Memory“, the author lists these 6 methods to improve your memory:
- Connect & Link (The Link Method)
- Make a Story (The Story Method)
- Associate Objects with Familiar Locations (The Loci Method)
- Peg Objects to a Number (The Peg System)
- Draw a Mind Map
- The Roman Room (Memory Palace)
Unfortunately, for people like me, this only works on a limited set of items.
What I have discovered is that through my writing blog posts or Linkedin Articles, I am able to extend the knowledge I have acquired outside of my brain and it is placed in my blog, UpskillCreate, for easy storage and retrieval.
Quick Information Retrieval
These knowledge banks provide easy access to me for future reference and allows me to not have to store those memories in my brain. This frees up my brain for more creative processes and innovative thinking, while still giving me the ability to access this information whenever I want.
For example, let’s say you asked me a question about how to use Gamification in learning activities. I have written extensively on using digital badges to motivate learners, but I remember one graphic that I created that had tiles that flipped showing the badge on one side and information on the badge on the other side, so I do a quick search on my blog for “badge” and I find the graphic HERE:
Pretty cool, right? Now I can just extract this HTML Code and use it for another project I’m interested in without having to re-invent the wheel. Or just check out the code on GITHUB and use it for your project (just change the images and links in the code for your own infographic).
Not only can I share with your information about gamification of learning using badges, but I can also educate you on developing your HTML skills for whatever information you want to share. I’m helping you gamify your own learning!
Note: click the image below to see the flipping tiles in action:
Another example was when I was asked if I remembered who the instructors were from a training we attended. He had checked with five other people and they couldn’t remember. I remembered. How? I had written a blog post about the experience one week after and included the instructors names at the end of the blog post. I also remembered the name of that blog post because it highlighted to me what the whole week was about.
Keep your Brain Expansion updated with the latest Version
This also adds to the value of saving your information in your blog posts — you can update your information as needed. For example, if I learn new information on a topic that I have written a blog post on previously, I will just add that information as references in the blog post or just update the body of the blog post.
As in the example above, I try to make the title of the content memorable.
I also record tips and tricks that I have learned not only for my own benefit, but also the benefit of others.
As the article above states, “Memory is the brains way of integrating sensory-motor information into a symbolic representation that allows prediction of future occurrences.” I essentially use the symbolic representation of words and phrases (like “badge” to bring instant recall to links to more in-depth knowledge I have acquired and recorded in my blog and then access it whenever I need it.
So, if you find your brain is MAXED OUT and you don’t have any additional capacity, it’s time to partner with your new cognitive best friend – your blog post. Offload your brain storage requirements to your blog or Linkedin Articles and start increasing your brain’s creative and innovative capacity today!
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