Building the Inthinkerator Mk I, Part 2 (in which I discover Photoreading)

In the last post about the Inthinkerator, I soldered all the electronic parts together, verified that they output the correct current, and then waffled around because I couldn’t find a suitable case for it.

Since then I figured that it was too much of a pain in the ass. If I couldn’t even finish it, what were the chances that I’d put it on every day, not to mention look up the fMRI pattern and figure out the electrode placement in every single learning activity?

I’ve since discovered better learning methods.


Photoreading is really promising. You basically look each page for 2-3 seconds, not trying to read anything – just letting the sight of the pages sink into your subconscious. The text doesn’t even have to be in focus, and the best way to get it past your conscious mind is to cross your eyes.

Since the information is now buried deep within your subconscious but your conscious knows nothing about it (and therefore can’t use it), there are some activities to make those links.

If you think this is complete bullshit, consider the following: remember the last time you sat down and consciously tried to think of an idea/plan of action? Tiring, wasn’t it. And when you finally got an idea, you weren’t very sure about it and had to do additional research to feel better.

Now remember the last time an idea just popped into your head while you weren’t thinking about it. You were very sure about it this time, weren’t you? And it usually is a good, common sense solution, isn’t it? It’s not a daft idea.

And you didn’t even have to spend energy coming up with it!

Properly Using the Subconscious

Such is the power of the subconscious. But you must let go of the problem, and let the subconscious work on it in the background. This must be what Einstein meant when he said (if he ever said it) that we only use 1% of our brain.

Letting go is also a big theme in life, social situations, and the Alexander Technique. But that’s a thought for another day.

I also discovered that if I read a good book, and allow a few days to pass by while thinking of the concepts presented in that book, I’ve already way ahead of most people, who can’t seem to recall the concepts presented in that book a month later, because they never made it part of themselves.

Hell, most people try to read a book a day or something ludicrous. What a waste of time. Of course you can do it, but the ideas need time to sink in.

So basically, instead of experimenting with physical methods of accelerating learning, I’m trying to learn by using my subconscious better.

I Photoread a few pages of a German book per day. It’s not much, but it’s something I can achieve every day, no matter how little time I have. I hope my German will become more fluent.

Building the Inthinkerator Mk I, Part 1

tDCS is basically passing a low DC current through your brain. Apparently, depending on where you put the electrodes, you can get many types of benefits.

Better mood, heightened situational awareness, and 2x faster learning? They all sounded like upgrades I must’ve bought in some game I played long before in my youth, but now for the cost of just a few electronic components, I could get them in real life!

So what do I do? I sit on the idea for years and do absolutely nothing.

One night, while lying down in bed, I considered the long list of what I had to learn: marketing, design, making money, new mindsets, new things for programming and who knows whatnot.

And I thought: given that practically nobody else is using tDCS, and that it’s cheap and has a potentially large payoff (with enough research), I must be stupid to not jump on this opportunity.

So I got up and took action.

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