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Beyond Reading: How to read a book and absorb knowledge

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Lessons in This Class

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      Lesson 1: Your untapped potential


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      Lesson 2: How reading is not reading


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      Lesson 3: How your brain actually absorbs information from books


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      Lesson 4: How to implement this method in five steps


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      Class project


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      Common mistakes


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In this class, you will learn how to extract and absorb knowledge from books and make that knowledge part of your experience.

  • You will learn how to unlock and tap into your natural abilities.
  • You will get a step by step instructions on how to implement the method described in the class.
  • You will turn theory into practice with a class project.
  • In the class project, you will read Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay "Self-Reliance”  using the principles and techniques described in the class
  • My name is Idbac fiidal. I always loved learning. But like most people, I had a love-hate relationship with books. I live in Denmark, where I have lived most of my life. And as a teenager going through the danish primary and secondary school systems, I had my share of frustrations with books. I loved and wanted to learn the knowledge in the textbooks, but no matter how many notes I took, I always felt that the information never stuck. And I noticed that all of my classmates had the same problem. Books were boring and difficult to read. I remember thinking that there must be a better way to extract knowledge from books.

    I started to look into different materials on how to read books. And most of the different techniques in those books were different variations of notetaking. Like mind mapping (which is a form of visual notetaking.) and others described different analysis models. But none of them seemed to work effectively.

    I then started researching how we learn,  and after a couple of years, I realized that we were never taught how to really extract knowledge and information from books. I started using what I learned, and to my amazement, not only could I remember what I read, I could clearly see the flaws and incomplete thoughts in the books I was reading, correcting and completing them,  without even trying. 

    In this course, I will share a brief version of this method.

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1. Introduction: Every year, millions of us buy books. We buy books with the purpose of reading, understanding and benefiting from them by books with the ambition and goal of extracting and absorbing knowledge and wisdom. And it is no wonder we all recognize the incredible value of books. Books contain the wisdom and experience of thousands of generations, the experience of billions of people. They allow us to add multiple lifetimes to our own. They allow us to have the experience of a 1000 year-old. And fortunately, most of us never open a book. And those of us who do never finished one, and a tiny percentage of people who read. Remember what they read. This problem prevents us from unlocking our full potential. It keeps us from benefiting from our natural abilities. It makes us doubt our abilities. We start to tell ourselves, I don't have the concentration and focus I need or maybe I'm not intelligent enough. What if I told you that the reason it is so difficult for so many of us to absorb knowledge from books has nothing to do with our memory, nothing to do with our concentration or intelligence, but it has everything to do with the fact that we were never taught how our minds actually absorb information. Your brain has a specific way and process each task it performs. It turns out that your mind has a straightforward process for extracting an absorbing knowledge. And fortunately, we were never taught how to use this process to extract and absorb knowledge from books. We were taught how to decipher and convert text-to-speech and occasionally into mental images as a consequence, every time you try to extract knowledge from a book by reading the normal way, you are only deciphering and converting text. My name is h-bar freedom, and in the last few years, I have learned Arabic at an advanced level and unlocked a treasure of knowledge and wisdom that was and attainable to me just a few years ago. And I've studied subjects as diverse as low, theology and economics in three different languages, Arabic, Danish, and English. This was not because I loved books. In fact, just ten years ago, I hated books because it was so frustrated to read and read and not remember anything until I finally found a way to absorb knowledge from books. In this course, I will not only share with you how to extract and remember information and knowledge from books, but also how to absorb that knowledge and make it part of your own experience. 2. Welcome: Hello and welcome to the course. I first and foremost want to congratulate you. You may be asking, why do I want to congratulate you? I want to congratulate you because regardless of how much you benefit from this course, the fact that you have decided, decided to take a systematic approach to learning from books means that you will learn more from books than most people do in a lifetime. Yes, actually in a lifetime. Because what a systematic approach does is it takes the adversary out of the equation. When you learn from books in a normal way, in a non-systematic way, you spend a lot of time trying to gain some knowledge. But the results are usually not that great, not that good. And that means that you will live waste a lot of time. And more importantly, you will actually get a negative experience from learning from books. That's why I want to congratulate you. Because this step, the first step of actually gaining two knowledge from books is to take a systematic approach towards learning for books. And that is something that most people do not actually realize. That is something that most people do not realize. So that's why I want to congratulate you. I also want to congratulate you because you've started a journey of discovery and to the collective consciousness of humanity. A journey of discovery into the thoughts and experiences of thousands of generations. Imagine that thousands of generations, all of their thoughts, all of the experiences, all of their lifetime works together. It just sit in, in bookshelves. Imagine that. And now you have decided to take that and absorb all of that in a systematic way. So I would really, really want to congratulate you because for me personally, taking a systematic approach towards, towards learning from books was really a life-changing experience. Because before that, I really had no relationship with books. I actually did not appreciate the vast amount of knowledge, the vast amount of experiences, the great life-changing impact a book, one book or even one chapter of a book can have on someone. I did not appreciate that because I did not have a systematic approach towards learning from books. So taking a systematic approach towards learning phonebook is extremely, extremely important. 3. Overview: Hello and welcome back. In this video, I'll be talking about how the course is structured. The course is made up of four core lessons, a class project, and a video about common mistakes. In lesson one, we'll be talking about your untapped potential. We'll talk about the psychological limitations we place on ourselves. We'll talk about the people we usually recognize as geniuses or exceptional people. And if there is a difference between us and them, we'll talk about the incredible capabilities of the human mind. We'll also talk about what is it that is actually preventing us from utilizing or using our natural abilities? In Lesson 2, we'll talk about reading. We'll talk about how the activity we know as reading is not really reading. And what is it that we're doing wrong? We try to read and we do not get the intended results. We will talk about what is it exactly our brains are doing? When we try to read. In lesson 3, we will talk about how your brain absorbs the knowledge. Which techniques can we use to instruct our minds to actually retrieve information from books? In lesson 4, we'll talk about how you can implement this method in a step-by-step way. In the video about the lesson about the class project, I will describe the class project and how you can use it to practice these techniques or the tactics you will learn. In this course. In the video about common mistakes, we will talk about common mistakes. They should avoid in order to get the best out of the course. I'll see you in the next lesson. 4. Lesson 1: Your untapped potential: Remember the universal belief about smart people? Believe about grid lines, industry leaders, creators and innovators. The belief about how they somehow need gifts the rest of humanity doesn't have. What if I told you that this belief is actually wrong? What if I told you that you have the same intelligence, the same ability to process information and draw conclusions as any grade innovator in history. What if I told you that you have the same intelligence as Einstein or any other grade mind. The only difference is that they knew they had those abilities and they knew how to use them. The Haas Tool is that I'll know gifted, gifted people. There are only those who know how to apply and unlock variabilities and those who don't. You have an always had the most advanced information processing machine on earth. To brain is able to store one petabyte of information or a quadrillion bytes of information. This means that your brain, the one that's quite interesting between your shoulders, is able to carry, we're able to store all of the information on the internet. Everything on the Internet. Imagine that. To put this into perspective, your brain could store every bit of information in a TV show and we set you down in front of a TV. The TV with unlimited amount of TV shows. You know how long it would take brain to run out of space. It will take 300 years before your brain even gets close to run out of space. And your brain does all of that using less energy than a light bulb. In comparison, if a computer could have done the same, it will need one gigawatt of power. That is the amount of power that a nuclear power plant produces. What is preventing us from utilizing this immensely powerful organ? Really, the only thing preventing us from utilizing using this immensely powerful organ is that we never got a user's manual on what our brain can do and how to use it. That's why the first step and the most important one is that you start appreciating, realizing the incredible power that you have. The second step is to start building a user's manual on how to switch on the different parts of functions of your brain. The third step is to stop thinking in terms of what you can and cannot do. And stop thinking in terms of what you know how to do or what you don't. In the following lessons, we will cover how to turn on one of the many incredible abilities your brain. And one of the most important, your brain's ability to absorb information and knowledge from books. 5. Lesson 2: How reading is not reading: First thing we need to understand is that our brain does not have a standalone command or instruction for retrieving information. This means that we can't start reading a book with the intent of extracting knowledge and expect our brain to do so. When you start reading a book, expecting your brain to absorb what you are reading, your brain is actually performing a very different task. If your brain is not extracting information when you read, what is it doing, then when you begin to read a book, your brain starts to decipher the books information and moves on. The ciphering is the process of looking at a word or a sentence, recognizing it, vocalizing, and imagining it. And then moving on to the next brain sees information extraction and information deciphering as two totally different tasks. Information deciphering is part of knowledge extraction, but that is not how your brain extract knowledge from books. It is therefore crucial that we understand the difference between the two. And this is because we have always been told that these two different tasks, one and the same. And this is the main reason why most of us have difficulty extracting and remembering knowledge from books. It has a never had anything to do with our concentration, focus, memory, or intelligence. It was difficult because we were trying to open the vault of knowledge with the wrong key. Key takeaways from this lesson. The brain does not have a standalone or an isolated command for retrieving information. When you read a book, the normal way your brain is actually deciphering text instead of extracting knowledge. Checks deciphering and knowledge extraction at two different things. In the next lesson, we will cover how your brain actually extracts knowledge. 6. Lesson 3: How your brain actually absorbs information from books : Unlike a computer, your brain's ability and not compartmentalize and isolated processes that your brain can perform separately. This means that your brain does not like a computer, separate the copy some information from somewhere, paste it in the memory, and recall it later performing each task as a separate process. When you, for instance, want to solve a complex problem with a computer, the computer performs many different tasks separately and you, the user, bring the results together to produce the solution. Your brain is far more efficient and effective than a computer. Your brain is first and foremost, a problem solving machine, and it is highly optimized to solve groups. And all you need to do is to instruct it to solve a problem. And it will do all of that effortlessly without you even noticing. This means that your brain efficiently uses your ability to extract, store, and synthesize information when it is in the process of solving a problem or accomplishing a mission, your brain will absorb information and knowledge given they are essential for solving problems, completing a task, and creating a result. To give you an example, if you like tomatoes and happen to see a book about different types of tomatoes and how to grow them. And you buy and read the book because you are interested in the subject, we will have a good time reading the book because it interests you, but you will not remember much of what you read after a week or two. But if you decide to harvest your own tomatoes and therefore decide to grow tomatoes, your brain will instinctively search for an absorb any information that it needs to accomplish that mission. If you read the same book now, not only will you remember the information in the book, we'll have a hard time for getting it. This is not only true for books, The same applies to all our information. If you watch a tutorial video on how to build a website, because you always wanted to build your own website. But without a goal of building a website, we'll have a good time discovering interesting things about websites. But it is very unlikely that you will remember much of what you watched after a week or two. But if you, on the other hand, decide to start a blog about technology and you don't want to pay a developer and therefore decide to build your own website, your brain will go to work fine and absorb information without you even trying. In fact, your brain will be so focused on the task at hand that you will lose track of time. We'll get to eat and even stay up late. Learning how to build a website, your brain only absorbs information. Well, it helps it solve a problem or accomplish a mission. It doesn't care about how interesting a book is. Everybody is talking about it. Once it's curiosity is subsided, it will forget everything about it is therefore very important when you want to absorb information from a book that you give your brain a mission, a task, or a mission that cannot be accomplished without the information in the book. 7. Lesson 4: How to implement this method in five steps: In order to extract and absorb knowledge from the book, you need to go through and implement the following five steps. Step one, create a task or emission step to skim the book or essay. Step 3, set of amino documents. Create interactive questions in the middle document. Step five, doc reading and creating the middle documents. Step one, create a task for a mission about the book essay, this step is about setting up a task or your mind emission that must be completed. And we ask, it is easy to set a mission and goal when the book is about practical subjects that can be implemented like grown tomatoes or building a website. But how can we create emission and a goal when the book is about abstract ideas, it is surprisingly straightforward. You will create an equally effective tests are both practical and abstract subjects and mission and goal and our minds law and in my experience, the most effective of them all, you will create a mission and a goal about improving the essay, books, ideas, and concepts if you are thinking. But if I don't know much or anything about the subject, how can I improve it? You should know that you actually don't have to know anything about a topic when prove it, you only need two things that you already have. All you need is your unique perspective and your raw intelligence abilities that you are born with. Most of us use these two natural abilities on simple things like proofreading and dressing up for special occasions. We ask others to take a look at what we wrote and if we look good in the cloths you chose because experienced taught us that other people can see flaws that we cannot, and notice mistakes that we missed. We rarely think about why others and see what we can't. Can see what we can't, because they simply use their unique perspective on raw intelligence. And the same applies to you. You can improve on anything by simply taking a look at it using your unique perspective and intelligence. And remember, never underestimate your abilities. You'll be surprised what you can do when you remove the artificial limitations we normally plays on our abilities. Step to skim the book or essay, read all of the information on the cover, front and back, forward and the introduction, read the table of contents. If it is an essay, you really read the introduction and the conclusion with the essay doesn't have an introduction, a conclusion. Read the first two pages and the last two Ps. And you finish skimming the book essay, you should have an idea of the subject of the book or the SA, the type of content, the angle or perspective of the author is the author, for instance, aiming to reframe the subject or working inside an existing framework. Step 3, set up a mirror document, create a Google Docs document. Divide the first page of the document into two parts. The upper part or the upper section of the first page, right, reflections at the title. It is very important to understand that the reflection section of the mirror document is not for no. Note-taking is when you copy an important thing for a sentence that you liked from the book or essay and write it down somewhere else. In fact, note-taking is strictly forbidden in this process because note-taking gives us the false impression that we are absorbing knowledge when we are only moving texts from one place to another. Reflection section is where you will write your thoughts when a part of the text resonates with you. When something resonates with you, it hits you on an emotional level because you can relate to it and evokes a feeling of familiarity within him. On some occasions, it might even inspire you to take action. In this section, you want to write down that field and not the text itself. When you create the reflection section and the lower section of the page, create an exact copy of a books table of contents. If it is an essay, you are reading, right? Page numbers instead of chapter headings and subheadings in a book. When you finish creating your document, you should have a reflection section and a section, the table of contents of the book or the number of pages in the essay. Step four, create interactive questions in the mirror documents under each chapter and each chapter headings and subheadings or page number. If say, write the questions. Right. What, how, and why. And a question about whether, in your opinion, the author statements are true, partially true, or false. Every time you finish reading a sentence, paragraph, or a page, we should ask yourself these three questions. What is the author trying to read between the lines? How are things connected and why are things the way they are for the way the author is saying. Every time the author doesn't answer one or more of three questions, you must answer at least one of them. Now remember, there are no wrong answers in this process. Just as there is no such thing as a to short answer, It doesn't matter if the answer is one sentence long. The important thing is that you feel it's sufficient. Step 5, stuck reading and creating a mirror document. And now start reading. And remember that the purpose of this method is not to take notes or try to remember a text. With this method, we are not trying to interact with the text or even the ideas and concepts of the text. The purpose of this method is to interact with the author's mind, evaluate his or her thinking, complete any incomplete thoughts and acknowledged when the office thinking resonates with us. When you finish reading using this method, you will have achieved three things simultaneously. You have interacted with the author's mind and had an in-depth conversation with him or her. You have reflected, viewed, and giving you a take on the ideas and concepts in the book or essay, and therefore made them part of your personal experience. Now getting your improvements on the subject. 8. Class project: To turn theory into practice, I have attached a class project to the course. The class project that will challenge your intellect, resonate with you, and maybe even forever change the way you see yourself. A class project consists of reading the first five pages of Waldo Emerson's essay title, selfie lines, using the causes, principles, and techniques. That full essay is 18 pages long. However, chosen only the first five pages for the sake of simplicity, if you prefer to read the full length essay, touch the entire essay in PDF and EPUB formats. I've also attached a version of the essay with my personal highlights parts that resonated with me. The essay is a masterpiece of original thinking. Like every great piece of original thought would love parts of it, strongly disagree with others. But one thing is for sure can read it using the cost techniques in gain a new way of seeing yourself, the world around you, therefore get the most out of the course. I strongly encourage you to do the class project, share it, and remember, there are no wrong ways of doing the class project. Important thing is that you read the first five pages or if you prefer the full essay using the cost techniques, I'll be available giving feedback or class projects. And remember, never underestimate what abilities. 9. Common mistakes : The first mistake we want to avoid this focusing on speed reading. Focusing on speed reading is good if you want to decipher a book from cover to cover as fast as possible. But if you want to get the most out of the time you spend on a book and extract as much knowledge as possible. Speeds is not what you want to focus on giving you a mind the time it needs to produce results, and it will. And remember that there is a reason why quality and speed do not usually come hand in hand. The second mistake we want to avoid is googling answers. Instead of thinking, we have become accustomed to done for you and services in our digital age every time we have to answer a question, our first instinct is to see if the answer already exists in the first place we look is, of course, Hooghly, our goal is to absorb the knowledge and experience in the text by interacting with the office thinking. And that can only happen if we let our minds do the thinking, therefore, borrowing other people's thoughts, It's not an option. Also, avoid reading reviews about the texts, even if your purpose is only to see what else is out there about the texts. Because what you read will become a frame of reference that will constrain your thinking. And we want to avoid anything that constraints you're thinking. One, to let your intellect produce unique and original thoughts. The third mistake we want to avoid is censored in your thoughts before you write them down. We are so used to not trusting our own abilities that we almost always second guess our thinking. We subconsciously amend and revise our thinking to make it conform to what we think of us will find acceptable or like. We therefore end up writing a censored version of our quotes. And this is something we want to avoid.