“The brain is the last and grandest biological frontier, the most complex thing we have yet discovered in our universe. It contains hundreds of billions of cells interlinked through trillions of connections. The brain boggles the mind.”
~James D. Watson, 1992
My friends, we’ve recently entered a new era in human evolution. The neuroscience revolution is upon us, and things are starting to get very, very interesting.
Here’s the deal: while our ancestors’ brains evolved over thousands of years, you can now use tools to supercharge your brain within the span of a few months.
Over the last 20 years, the field of neuroscience has helped us grasp more about the human brain’s functioning than we did in the previous 200,000 years.
And now, a new wave of neuroscience has arrived. While in the past researchers were mainly concerned with understanding and curing mental illnesses, there are now several teams focusing on creating technologies that allow people like you and me to enhance our brain’s performance.
And we’re not talking about super expensive technologies that only the rich and famous can afford. Nope. The technologies I’m talking about are affordable, and make it possible for anyone to take their brain to the next level.
Faster and clearer thinking, greater creativity, and lower stress levels. These are only some of the benefits that we can now make ours thanks to modern science and engineering.
How do I know? A few months ago, I went on a quest to become Limitless. Just like Bradley Cooper’s character in the movie, minus the magic pill. The results were astounding.
Since then I’ve been keeping an eye out for the newest technologies available, and I haven’t ceased to be amazed by what’s possible.
Today, I want to take you on a quick tour of what’s currently out there if you want to hack your brain into higher gear.
Without further ado, here are my top 5 technologies to take your brain to the next level and unleash your full cognitive potential.
This product is truly the sign that the future has arrived.
The team over at Neurosky has taken Electroencephalography (EEG) technology, which was traditionally used in medical facilities to gather data about patient’s brains, and have adapted it so we can play video games directly with our mind, Jedi-style!
That’s right- no remote, no keyboard, no mouse, simply an EEG reader placed directly on our head to measure our brain wave frequencies.
Neurosky’s Mindwave games are designed specifically to train our brain to become more focused, more relaxed, and more alert. It’s truly fascinating.
You can check out Mindwave’s AppStore to discover all the games that are currently available for download. There are currently about 70 apps available with several more currently in development.
Pretty sweet, isn’t it?
The most amazing this about this product is that while EEG machines generally costs thousands of dollars, this piece of equipment goes for a mere $99.
Neurosky’s company motto is “Brain sensors for everybody” and I can’t wait to see what they come up with in the future! Click here to check ‘em out.
2) Binaural Beats
Binaural Beats are AWESOME. I’ve been using them everyday for the last 6 months and they’ve really taken my mental game to a new level.
They are sound patterns whereby slightly different frequencies are played in each ear. This causes the brain to compensate for the difference that’s coming in each ear by creating a vibration that’s equal to the difference between what’s coming in each ear.
Here’s where it gets interesting: binaural beats are specifically designed to generate brainwave patterns that promote a state of enhanced focus, relaxation, creativity or learning.
I’ve been experimenting with different types of binaural beats for almost a year now, and I’ve found 3 main applications:
1) Enhanced Meditation
By creating a different vibration in each ear, binaural beats allow our brain to slow down and achieve theta and delta frequencies, the same experienced by Zen Buddhists monks in deep meditation. This “shortcut” allows even beginner meditators to achieve the benefits of meditation.
If you want to get into meditation or supercharge your practice, I highly suggest trying the Brain Evolution System.
2) Greater Focus, Energy, or Creativity While Working
Perhaps the most promising aspect of binaural beats is the effect they can have on us while we’re in an active state. There are specific soundtracks that are created to enhance different states needed to create amazing work like higher focus, enhanced creativity or extra energy.
I personally use a system called Limitless IQ to give me an extra boost when I’m working or writing.
3) Faster Sleep Time
Like many people, I used to have a hard time falling asleep on some nights. I’d be thinking about 101 things, tossing and turning.
One day I decided to throw on a 15-minute theta binaural beat as I laid down… and fell asleep instantly after the track was over. I repeated the experiment the next night, and the next… and soon found that this technique allowed me to fall asleep in less than 2-3 minutes at least 90% of the time.
Even better, I’ve noticed that I also have much more vivid dreams when I do this. The specific track I use for this is the “theta” track that came as a bonus with Holothink’s Laser Focus track.
Although they were discovered all the way back in 1839 by eminent scientist Heinrich Wilhelm Dove, binaural beats are just starting to get popular. As their benefits are becoming better known I predict they will reach the mainstream within the next few years.
Why not jump on the bandwagon now? :)
3) en*theos Academy’s Brain Power Class
Ok this one is a bit different.
A big part of increasing our brain’s power is to learn the basics of neuroscience from the people who’ve studied it extensively.
I have recently joined Michael Gelb (world-leading authority on the application of genius thinking) for a virtual class entitled “Brain Power”. The class is offered by the en*theos academy for Optimal Living, which offers virtual classes taught by world-experts in their fields.
In this class, Gelb teaches about the concepts of neuroplasticity, the “healthy brain” diet, brain exercise, and strategies to improve learning and memory. The awesome thing is that we get to interact directly with him and ask him questions. What an incredible opportunity!
You can click on the logo below to join me in class (it’s not too late)!
PS I’ve recently become a Teaching Assistant for the Academy, and I get to learn directly from the world-class teacher while getting paid. Livin’ the dream baby! :P
4) Lumosity (Brain Training Games)
Do you like playing games? Yes? Me too…
What if I were to tell you that there exists computer games developed by neuroscientists specifically to boost our brain’s performance.
Is that something you might be interested? :)
Last year, during my Limitless adventures, I discovered Lumosity, the world’s leading brain-game website.
Each game is designed to enhance a specific function of our brain (speed, memory, attention, flexibility, problem solving) and guess what… they’re actually fun!
The cool thing about Lumosity is that it tracks your performance over time, and allows you to see your progress. Even better (for the competitive among us), is that it allows us to compare our performance with other players in our age group.
After quite a few hours of playing/training, here’s where I stand right now:
The great thing about Lumosity is that in only 15 minutes/day you can have significant improvements in your level of “brain fitness”!
And if you love playing games on your iPhone, forget about Angry Birds and start playing with Lumosity’s “Brain Trainer” app.
If you want to get your brain fitter while having fun, check out Lumosity’s free trial. But be wary, once you start it’s kinda addictive… in a good way!
5) Speed Reading/Brain Enhancement Programs
A few weeks ago, I wrote about techniques to greatly increase your reading speed. While these techniques definitely work, I’ve recently discovered the following technologies that greatly simplify the process of becoming a super-fast reader.
As fast reading and brain cognition are becoming more and more important skills (with everything we read on our computer), I highly encourage you to check out these out:
1) EyeQ Advantage: This program was recommended to me a few weeks ago and even though I’ve only just started using it, I am thoroughly impressed.
Through different exercises where we follow different words and shapes moving through the screen, we train our eye speed, cognitive performance, and vision range.
The exercises are challenging but super short which is good. The training sessions are only 7 minutes long.
You can try a demo right here. I swear after I did the demo I felt like my brain was in superman mode for the next 2 hours! Let me know if the same happens to you!
2) 7 Speed Reading: I haven’t personally used this software, but it’s been getting rave reviews around the internet. Their guarantee is that you’ll read 3-10x faster after 2 weeks of doing the program for 7 minutes/day, so it’s definitely promising! Only problem is it’s not available for Macs!
3) Spreeder: This one is awesome for any long body of text you have to read online. All you do is paste the text in Spreeder, and the words will appear one by one one the screen at the speed you chose. I usually set it for 600w/m and find that I can keep up pretty well (at minimal effort). I definitely encourage you to try it out (and it’s free, too).
“The peculiar fascination with the brain lies in the fact that there is probably no other object of scientific enquiry about which we know at once so much yet understand so little.” ~Gerg Sommerhoff
My friends, we’re truly blessed to be a part of the first generation of humans that have all these tools at our disposal. We’re now in control of our own evolution, and the possibilities are literally… limitless.
And what’s even more exciting is that we’re only scratching the surface… Believe me, this revolution is only starting.
Over our lifetime, we’re going to see some pretty mind-blowing stuff! :)
But in the meantime, why not start boosting that supercomputer that’s in your head right away? Because as Wilder Penfield said, “The brain is the organ of destiny. It holds within its humming mechanism secrets that will determine the future of the human race.”
PS- I’m curious: what do you think about all this? Have you heard of any other brain-boosting technologies? And what do you see coming up in the future?