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How to Be a Genius: Brain Training for the Idle Minded [Hardcover]

Robert Allen

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Nov. 1 2011
Are we stuck with the IQ we're born with? Not at all!  Mental exercises build smarter brains just as physical exercise builds stronger muscles--and this is the definitive guide to becoming more of a genius. These 101 workouts will help you improve your memory, sharpen your reasoning skills, win at strategic games like chess and bridge, and make better moves in every area of life. Introductions to powerful mind-training tools, including mnemonics, self-hypnosis, neurolinguistic programming, and Mind Mapping, round out this mind-enhancing workout.

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Various authors, drawn from the cutting edge of UK music and the arts have contributed to this outstanding collection. They include Billy Bragg, Nicholas Hogg, Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Alison Mosshart (The Kills), Will Hodgkinson, Alan Donohoe (The Rakes), Billy Childish and Kate Jackson (The Long Blondes).

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4.0 out of 5 stars Clunky in parts, good read overall Feb. 26 2012
By J.Bechen - Published on Amazon.com
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I'll start with the bad. The author of How To Be A Genius has left a fairly large amount of blatant typographical errors all over the whole book, and sometimes they really distracted me or confounded the text I was reading. In some parts of the book, key information that was supposed to be there (for example, the key used to break a code in a codebreaking brainteaser) was accidentally left out or was otherwise missing. It happens a few times, but it's not the end of the world. The only other problem I have is that every now and then a description of how to apply some kind of practical method for being more intelligent doesn't entirely explain what to do or is kind of lackluster. This is again not a huge deal (and for $10 this book has a really, really high density of useful information in it). I would give 5 full stars if not for these few sorts of things.

Looking past heavy typos and the occasional bits of missing information, a lot of How To Be A Genius contains useful information, and while it's probably not a be-all-end-all definitive guide to becoming a genius, it's certainly a great start. If you can take the information you find in this book and branch out into your research, you'll be well on your way to rewiring the ways you think into a more productive arrangement. The "missing information" problem I've encountered only applies to a few odds and ends, but the meaty informative sections of the book are all there and worth the read. Hopefully the typo problems can be revised for future buyers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Airplane book Aug. 14 2013
By Xavier - Published on Amazon.com
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I didn't complete each puzzle but found some substance with this book. I was able to get some concrete views on what I was thinking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable March 14 2012
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I really enjoyed this item, it was very insightful and thought provoking. I would recommend this item for other potential buyers.

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