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Superlearning

Superlearning

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Weird but influential. This book explores alleged Soviet experiments to train the human nervous system to absorb information at incredible rates. It is a bit lacking in rigour for my liking, a bit New Age-y, but there are some interesting methods in it.
Weird but influential. This book explores alleged Soviet experiments to train the human nervous system to absorb information at incredible rates. It is a bit lacking in rigour for my liking, a bit New Age-y, but there are some interesting methods in it.

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A LAUREL BOOKPublished by Dell Publishing Co., Inc. 1 Dag Hammarskjold Plaza New York, New York 10017This book was originally published by Delacorte Press and The Confucian Press, Inc.Copyright © 1979 by Sheila Ostrander, Nancy Ostrander, and Lynn SchroederAll rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any formor by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by anyinformation storage and retrieval system, without the written permission of thePublisher, except where permitted by law. For information address Delacorte Press, NewYork, New York. Laurel® TM 674623, Dell Publishing Co., Inc.'SEN: 0-440-38424-9Reprinted by arrangement with Delacorte Press Printed in the United States of AmericaSeptember 1982 10 9WFHContentsSECTION I SUPERLEARNINGChapter 1 - Your Potential Quotient 3Chapter 2 - Supermemory 13Chapter 3 - Jet-Speed Learning Takes Off in the West 43Chapter 4 - What Makes Superlearning Tick? 62Chapter 5 - The Not-Yet-Unraveted Side 77Chapter 6 - The Unobstructed Personality 87Chapter 7 - How to Do Superlearning 95Chapter 8 - Preparing Your Own Program 110Chapter 9 - Coaching Children 127Afterword 1979 - Other Innovators, Similar Systems 134SECTION II SUPERPERFORMANCEChapter 10- Superperformance in Sports 151Chapter 11- A Soviet Program for Peak PerformanceChapter 12- Pain Control 181 163 V,CONTENTSSECTION III SUPER-RAPPORTChapter 13- Future Abilities 197Chapter 14- The Well-Tempered Hunch: Professional and Personal 201Chapter 15- "Second Sight" 218Chapter 16- Bio-Rapport 239SECTION ISUPERLEARNINGSECTION IV EXERCISESChapter 17- Mental Yoga and Concentration Exercises 261Chapter 18- Visualization and Autogenics Exercises 271Chapter 19- Children's Exercises 291Chapter 20- The Possible Human—Possible Now? 299APPENDIXAppendix 307 Sources 317
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ibliography 325 Index 341VI
 
 Chapter 1Your Potential Quotient"We are just beginning to discover the virtually limitless capacities of the mind ..."says Dr. Jean Houston, president of the Association for Humanistic Psychology.Mathematician Dr. Charles Muses puts it this way, "The potentials of consciousnessremain well-nigh the last reachable domain for man not yet explored—the UndiscoveredCountry."Dr. Frederic Tilney, one of France's outstanding brain specialists, declares, "We will,by conscious command, evolve cerebral centers which will permit us to use powers that wenow are not even capable of imagining."Dr. Richard Leakey is involved in digging out humanity's three-mi I lion-year history.The potential for the human race, he feels, "is almost infinite." And, George Leonard,from his perspective as an education expert, concludes, "The ultimate creative capacityof the brain may be, for all practical purposes, infinite."We've just barely begun to realize the potential of a fully powered man or woman. Theidea is becoming very vocal in the upper echelons. It's supported by people as variousas theologian-scientist Teilhard de Chardin and mind-drug explorer Dr.
 
 SUPERLEARNINGSUPERLEARNINGTimothy Leary. And these potentials move out in all directions. According topsychologist Patricia Sun, we are at the point of developing "talents we haven't gotwords for." Neuroscientist and engineer Dr. Manfred Clynes has determined from hardscientific research that we are at the stage where we can develop new emotions,genuinely new states we've never before experienced.We've cracked the cocoon, we're being told. We can start shaking out our wings; it'stime to claim our birthright. We can be so much more than we are. It's a seductive idea.And it always has been, because almost everybody has a secret, though few admit it. Wefeel there's something special about ourselves. Maybe it hasn't quite burst forth, maybeothers don't quite see it, yet it's there, something special that sets us a littleapart. Now, it's beginning to look as if all those unrealistic, stubborn human feelingsare right. We are special—or could be.If we're going to grow into these potentials, waiting, it seems, just beyond reach, wehave to have ways of doing it. And that's been the obstacle. Too often we can imaginehow lab animals feel pushed on by little shocks, running faster and faster through theirmaze. Old fashioned trying harder isn't the answer. But perhaps trying a different routeis.We need new ways, more efficient and less stressful ways of getting to these potentials.We need to learn how to learn. That's what this book is about, learning how to learnbetter and without stress. The kind of learning that makes you feel good while you'redoing it. This book is also about how you can apply this learning skill in a great manyareas of your life.The various learning systems covered are drawn from many sources. They come from thework of innovative doctors; the Bulgarian Ceorgi Lozanov, the German Johannes H.Schultz, the Spanish Alfonso Caycedo; they come from the long-tested science of yog;^and from contemporary physiology and psychology. They come too from the accumulatedexperience of creative, accomplished individuals, from golf stars and ski champions totop American executives.Various as they are, all of these systems share a common viewpoint, a holisticviewpoint. They see you always as a whole person. Whether you are trying to learnFrench, to play tennis, or to make good business decisions, these systems work on theprinciple that you have a logical mind, a body, and a creative mind. In other words,they use left brain, body, and right brain in concert.In the past decade, complex research into how we think has turned into the pop conceptof left brain/right brain. To oversimplify, the theory is that the left side of ourbrain has to do with logical, rational, analytical thinking. The right side is concernedwith such things as intuition, creativity, imagination. Whatever you're doing, holisticlearning methods try to insure that you're neither half-witted nor disembodied. Thepoint is to keep the left brain, body, and right brain from working against each otherand hamstringing your abilities. Going further, holistic learning aims to have thesethree work together to allow you to use the full power of your being.What happens when you do get yourself together is the difference between learning andsuperlearning. As many people are finding, there's a quantum jump in your ability toaccomplish. Compared to the way most of us have been grinding along, this new approachis literally superlearning.It might help to think of an orchestra; brass, percussion, and strings. When the hornsare featured, the drums and violins don't try to pound and saw against them. Nor do theygo rambling off on their own. They play in concert. Logical mind, body, creative mind—you may be focusing with one, but because you are a whole person the other parts arethere, are in resonance. They can create disharmony. Or, they can play in concert.Usually in our efforts to learn, we've separated ourselves into pieces. Superlearningworks to put Humpty Dumpty back together again so he can see what he can become.Discovering just how much one can do is almost unsettling, as a group of Bulgariansfound when they got involved with perhaps the most striking, far-reaching learningsystem in this

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