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The blog (featuring some seriously actionable articles of exhaustive length!) on everything from biohacking, memory systems and mind hardware to social dynamics and smart drugs.

Jonathan Interviewed on Travel Hacking

RadicalTravelPodcastJonathan was recently interviewed by Justin Jones on the Radical Travel Podcast on travel hacking, beating hangovers and memory systems.

 

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This website has +400 pages of information demystifying Lifehacking, Biohacking and Smart Drugs - that's kind of an overwhelming amount of information. As soon as you join the Limitless Mindset Community (It's free!) we give you instant access to an interactive infographic which visually breaks the widely disparate topics we cover in exhaustively in our articles, videos and podcasts.

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Inception in Real Life: 24 Lifehacks for Lucid Dreaming

By Jonathan Roseland  Connect    

Lifehacking Lucid DreamingIn the film Inception, a team of espionage agents are highly compensated by multi-nationals to manipulate people through their dreams. Lucid Dreaming is the closest thing outside of the silver screen to this. It's not hyperbole when I say that lucid dreaming can and will make your REM sleeping hours the most vividly exciting part of your day. A few examples of my highly vivid and memorable experiences:

  • Being a dictator of an underwater society.
  • Falling through the center of the earth and experiencing zero gravity.
  • Escaping from a version of Hell that would make any video game designer jealous.
  • Epic Matrix-esque Kung Fu battles with swords, light sabers and machine guns.
  • Hanging out on luxury yacht that would make Jay-Z proud.
  • Making love to Lara Croft from Tomb Raider.
  • Being attacked by a giant killer manta ray in the ocean.
  • Rock climbing caverns with family.
  • Skydiving with Neil Patrick Harris, after hitting on hot German girls (yes, I know he's gay, I'm obviously a big fan of Barney Stinson).
  • Driving incredibly irresponsibly in high performance cars.
  • Interacting with loved ones who passed away years ago.
  • Personal consultations with Winston Churchill.
  • Fighting giant bugs, Starship Troopers style!
  • Speed dating grandmas.

This article will present methodologies for maximizing the entertainment value and personal development benefits from dreaming.

Lucid Dreaming is my 'coolest' lifehack. Why? It takes what is usually unproductive, forgetful time and turns it into world class entertaining adventures and opportunities for introspection. It really does also have some cross over benefits to real life personal development (explained below). While there's a few products that enhance it, Lucid Dreaming is free.

You face a red pill/blue pill moment dear reader, a dream life of adventure is not for everyone, so you may want stop reading NOW before being sucked into this surreal world of danger, sex, misbehaving physics and confusing conversations with your unconscious.

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Gamify Your Reality: Situational Awareness, Body Language & 'Being Present'

By Jonathan Roseland  Connect    

Situational Awareness Body Language Being PresentIn the world of personal development 'be present' is the new 'be confident'. You hear 'be present' repeated by everyone from self help gurus, yoga instructors, public speaking coaches to pickup artists and comedians. Meditation, Yoga, Tai Chi and even Dual N-Back training help can help you practice being present but this article is going to focus on the intersection of being present, body language and situational awareness and how they can be practiced by gamifying your reality.

On a simple level, 'be present' means that your thoughts are focused on the here and now as opposed to in the past or future.

The Problem: If you spend the majority of your mental energy planning for the future or analyzing the past, it's difficult to transition to focusing on the present. While planning for the future and analyzing the past are very important, I'm going to do a bad job of executing on future goals or more importantly enjoying the life I'm working so damn hard for or if my mind is stuck in the past or future. Have you ever found that you couldn't stop worrying about something that happened at work or thinking about the future when you should have been enjoying yourself with friends or family? This is a failure in being present. I'm also going to do a bad job at maintaining high situational awareness if my mind is perpetually pondering the past or future.

Like most ambitious, busy lifehackers my day to day thoughts are probably focused:

  • Future 50%
  • Present 20%
  • Past 30%
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What is Biohacking? 7 Options to Get Started Biohacking and Get Results Fast

By Jonathan Roseland  Connect    

Biohacking High Leverage ResultsA hacker is someone who wants to gain complete control of the system they are dealing with - be it technological or social.

A biohacker, therefore is someone who wants to gain complete control of their own biology.

We live in excitingly novel times when we have made quantum leaps in understanding, testing and controlling our own biology. At a time when many of the leading minds in medical science and technology believe that the first immortal human has already been born and you can get your personal DNA genotyped, it is not unrealistic to say that you can have total control over your own biology.

Biohackers have a couple of common goals:

  • Significant gains in productive energy and focus to get things done. Adding more productive hours to the day and more productivity to those hours.
  • Boosting Serotonin and Dopamine, the 'feel good' Nuerotransmitters, sustainably.
  • Improving recall, accuracy, short and long term memory along with the learning process.
  • Avoidance of chronic disease, cancer and age related cognitive decline.
  • Training Executive Function for better discipline and self control.
  • Decreasing the quantity of sleep while increasing the quality.
  • Effective stress management.
  • Personal experimentation, self quantification and measurement beyond what 'feels good'.
  • Biohacking should be high leverage: a minimum of effort, time or money spent will yield significant results that are in some cases sustained.
  • Many biohackers are also Transhumanists who have the lofty ambition of living indefinitely.
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Charming and Friendly Saying in Different Languages

This is a compilation of charming and friendly sayings in various languages, that I learned while traveling in Central and south America. For each saying you'll see the language, the spelling in that language, the phonetic spelling as it sounds to an English speaker along with the memory association I used to memorize it. You can barrow my memory associations or make up your own, just remember the more bizarre your memory associations are the easier to remember they will be to recall. Add a comment

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Remembering Your Dreams Made Easy with Evernote

By Jonathan Roseland  Connect    

Jonathan's Lucid DreamRecently, with the help of an technology lifehack I've discovered a fascinating new side of myself, I'm a damned creative dreamer. I always had a feeling that I had very adventuresome dreams but until now I was never able to recall them with such detail.

Like just the other night I had a vivid dream that I was the dictator of an underwater society that lived in a giant submarine (with skyscrapers on it's hull). Our submarine was hit by a torpedo dropped by a Japanese WW2 zero. So the people of the underwater society decided to depose me as their dear leader and they condemned me to death by giant manta ray. So I put on my mask and snorkel (similar to the mask and snorkel I used in Nicaragua 4 months ago) and went for a swim next to the mega submarine, in the blue depths beneath me I could see the Manta Ray, it shot me with a dart (apparently Manta Rays can shoot darts!) but I was still quite able swim, the Manta Ray closed in on me and began to thrash me with it's massive wings (which didn't hurt very much). I could see it's glistening fangs. Then I woke up.

This is just one of my night time adventures, last week I battled stormtroopers while escaping from a version of hell that would put many a video game designer to shame and experienced zero gravity traveling to the center of the Earth.

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Self Monitoring Compartmentalization, Personal Development and Dual N-Back Training

By Jonathan Roseland  Connect    

HighIQPro Self MonitoringAbout 30 sessions into my Dual N-Back training practice I realized an interesting personal development take away, that a cognitive psychologist would describe as domain general, meaning that it has transfer effects that influence my life when I'm not playing the Dual N-Back game.

For those you who haven't played Dual N-Back, inevitably you will usually get a match or two (or more if you are just getting started) wrong per block and there are 20 blocks in the recommended 20 minute daily training session. Dual N-Back training is not like the rest of life where you can let you mind wonder or multi-task, the game is designed specifically to take up all your attention focusing on the present. I set HighIQPro to instant feedback mode; if I select an incorrect spacial or audio N-Back match it responds with a harsh negative beep.

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How to Be a More Interesting Person - 5 Essential Aspects of Fascinating Individuals

By Jonathan Roseland  Connect    

interestingIf your objective is to be become a more interesting conversationalist tricks and techniques and will only get you so far. At some point you actually need to make the choice to become a more interesting person.

I'll be the 1st to admit that being an interesting person is just about as subjective and generalized description you can make about a person. It's like saying that someone is smart, we'll there's a lot of different forms of intelligence, remember Einstein didn't even know how many feet where in a mile.

In this article I'm going to quantify the concept of being an interesting person into five distinct aspects; knowledge acquisition, societal outliers, raconteurism, communication style, work and the entrepreneurial spirit.

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14 Methods and Mindset Tricks to Make you a More Interesting Conversationalist

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Being an great conversationalist is a combination of mindset and methods. Luckily though you can fake it till you make it. Here I will cover how to 'steal' the conversation while appearing magnanimous, a sweet body language trick, applying economics concepts to increase the attention people show you and my favorite 'pick up line' to starting a conversation. Add a comment

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How to be Interesting: 27 Tips to Becoming a Remarkable Person

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For those of you who want instant satisfaction in your endeavor to be a fascinating individual read on. This article will try to focus on the 'fake it till you make it' type of aesthetic things you can do with a minimum investment to make you a better conversationalist and the sort of person people cannot resist. Being remarkable is a tremendous asset -- whether you want to impress a date, get a promotion at work, gain new friends instantly and effortlessly, or develop greater self-confidence. It may seem like interesting individuals are born, not made – but this is not the case. Anyone who is willing to put forth the effort can become captivating. Add a comment

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    A: A life hack is a technique for leveraging your time, work, money, resources or relationships for accomplishing bigger goals faster.
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