But even those fancy systems can stop working entirely if you get accustomed to the pattern.

Confusion. Muscle confusion. It’s related. Works with learning, working out, dieting.

I forget it’s called – acclimation? I dunno, but whatever: it’s when “the way you’ve been doing it is no longer working”.

So, for example, if you have the same workout routine, suddenly you plateu… plateue… platough.. platooooo… (I refuse to look it up)… and make no more progress.

Or if you’re dieting, your FANTASTIC diet program stops working even though it “always worked before”.

So, you have to introduce confusion. Get out of the routine. If you do the same thing the same way no matter how great it is, suddenly it’ll stop working.

So, you have confuse your muscles. Or your food intake. Or your brain.

Go opposite. Or lateral. Or invert it. Or ignore it. Something. Break the routine, then go back to it. What that interval is depends and lots of people have lots of ideas on the best way to do that for each thing.

Once I saw a BF Skinner-based (behavioralism) method for learning that was a log-based ramping up and down learning which worked pretty well, involving when you introduce new ideas and taper off old ones, based on learning/forgetting curves.

But even those fancy systems can stop working entirely if you get accustomed to the pattern.


I used https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SuperMemo long ago and made good use of it when learning Russian. Did it work? Mas o menos.

I used versions of spaced repetition, both on a set of index cards I numbered and made, and another using SuperMemo. All these kinds of things help.




I’ve been sort of obsessed with learning, memory, how the mind works, how people work type stuff since forever.

I’m always learning something new about it too. I see something interesting, I try it out, see if it works for me, then I move on to something else.

If it works *really* well, like “make a visual mental association sexy or violent and you’ll remember it”, I keep using it.


I made a few “Roman Rooms” in Minecraft too. I’d done it myself in my mind but a roman room was one of the earliest projects-for-myself I did in Minecraft. It was great being able to set it up exactly how I wanted. I used signs and books and objects. It was fun. useful? I dunno. But fun.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Method_of_loci great if you have active imagination which I do. I don’t do it *quite* the way they say, but something similar enough. This isn’t directly related to Zachary Tanner Lyle post.. I just love this stuff.


I’m no good at precise terminology but I’m great with abstract connections, so stuff like holonomic brain theory works well for me even though it’s a bit of woo.



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