I’ve been working on this course for a bit and am not sure how well it is working for anything. I know most people have already dismissed this as. Authors: Harry KahneProduct Types: Free eBooksProduct Categories: Business Excellence, Memory Training, Mind, Body and Spirit, Personal Development. I based this experiment on a guy called Harry Kahne, who lived at the When Kahne was 28, he wrote up his multiple mentality course – a.

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Have you ever thought of being able to write an e-mail and carry on a conversation at the same time, while giving full attention to both? Or paying sufficient attention to a boring teacher while also thinking and daydreaming about things that really interest you? And after that, I have a really exciting announcement to make! In my most recent experiment, I tried to develop multiple mentality — being able to do several things at once. I based this experiment on a guy called Harry Kahne, who lived at the beginning of 20th century, and could do not just two, but six different mental operations at once, which involved, according to contemporary psychologists, no less than fourteen different mental processes.

I was an absent-minded youth, a daydreamer — always letting my mind wander, thinking out little mechanical inventions, planning new forms of code writing, or evolving plots for short stories. One day my teacher fired a sudden question at me, and finding that I was not paying attention, hauled me out for corporal punishment. It was really the feeling of his cane that first turned my thoughts in the direction of multiple mind concentration.

I did not want to give up my daydreams, but on the other hand, Mentalihy had a distinct aversion to corporal punishment. So after a while I got into the habit of letting one part of my brain wander into the realms of inventive fancy whilst I kept the other alert for an enfilade fire of questions from the teacher.

Instantly I would jump kahbe my feet and recite my lines of poetry without the slightest hesitation. When Kahne was 28, he wrote up his multiple mentality course — a guide for others to follow in learning to do what he had done.

I loosely based my mfntality development experiment on that course, adjusting it to make it fun and interesting for myself. Also, it includes pictures of him doing his 6-things-at-a-time stunts.

I did not haryr multiple mentality at this time. Plus I thought others might be interested in taking up the experiment, once they know it exists. So here are the details of my experiment.

I did this for half an hour per day, for about two weeks. I picked and mixed the various exercises suggested by Harry Kahne, to keep them fun and challenging as my ability to do several things at once improved. So while I started off writing the alphabet backwards, and mixing the letters of several short words together, I quickly graduated to writing a word down while simultaneously spelling a different word out loud, and beyond.

The practice was so mind-intensive that I felt completely wiped out by the end of each half-hour. I mentaloty about an hour of rest to get back to normal on everyday life stuff carrying on conversations, etc.

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For example, mixing kahnr of various words while reciting a poem was quite easy, as was doing mental calculations multiplying two 2-digit numbers together, and such while reciting a poem. On the other hand, writing down the words of a poem while trying to say coherent stuff, or even while reciting another poem was damn near impossible.

I learned that I use the visual part of my mind for spelling even spelling out loud and mixing up the letters of various words together, while I use the auditory part of my mind for reciting poems. The interesting thing is — I also learned that I use the visual part of my kaahne for doing calculations… but the auditory part to keep track mhltiple intermediate results in a long calculation.


The closest I ever got to multiple mentality was while writing down two words with their letters mixed up, while spelling out two different words, again with their letters mixed up. I also kept a sort of diary. Every day, I wrote a short entry while reciting a poem, because both of those menfality the auditory part kayne my mind. This way, I kept oahne of my progress. But I noticed definite improvement, and mentakity the end, I mmultiple able to recite almost smoothly, while writing about half the time the other half I was either composing my thoughts, or unable to think of what to write because the auditory part of my mind was too occupied.

I wrote that over two years ago, explaining all the details of the schedule. The core idea is that each night you go through several different sleep phases and they repeat periodically. Yet only one of them is really really essential — the so-called REM sleep, during which you dream. You can live quite fine without the other sleep phases for long periods of time — some people have done so for months.

Which, incidentally, only takes up about an hour and a half of your sleep time each night. On the schedule, you nap for hqrry minutes every 4 hours. Giving you a hafry of 2 hours of sleep every hour period… in other words, hour kahnd The drawbacks are the very inflexible schedule, and the switchover phase when your brain adapts to the new schedule, which lasts about days, during which you are an absolute zombie… but dude, hour days!

I wanted to switch at the end of last summer, but caught a super-evil disease that had left me feeling weak-ish and meh for about 2 months after the worst was over.

And now, on October 18th, I finally have the perfect convenient time to switch! Exercise caution with decreasing sleep. Yeah, I hadry it might be a really stupid thing to do, but the potential for awesomeness is just too great for me to pass by. Talking of sleep, you wanna watch this http: Maybe the reason why you could recite the poem whilst writing at the end of the experiment was not because you got better, but because the poem was better committed to memory, so reciting it used a different part of the brain at the end of the week — a part that left the bit you need for writing alone?

Though I deliberately picked one that was already pretty damn stuck in my head. Then I tried replacing it with the poem from the beginning of Lord of The Rings, which I knew maybe as well as I knew the other poem before I started the experiment.

I still think the writing was smoother at the end of the experiment. I think this will be an interesting experiment to try for myself. But more practically, to be able to still work while colleagues are talking to me. Having more time per day is such a seductive concept. I drilled through the multiple mentality course during my late teens and early twenties. The amount of pages I went through scribbling the alphabet and words forwards and backwards was in the hundreds. Eventually not liking to sit so much, I began visualising the words in the my mind and began switching the letters using only my inner vision while reciting alphabet, addresses, phrases etc….

Firstly it becomes very stressful, atleast for me, I found practising it at night when tired is a definite NO NO.

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Morning and early afternoon are the best times for my brain. The benefits are great memory, a naturally improved vocabulary.


Mahne balanced mind and a super indepth method of thinking and clarity on subjects. Really great if you have an inquiring mind. When practising for 2 hours some days, I eventually entered like a zone where I could replay scenes of yesterday or scenes of significance over for a few seconds. This comes with alot of practise and effort.

It was like the exercises where allowing me to do this naturally. Its as if ones intuition grows while practising this. One of the more self-improvement changes was I overcame situations which where previously very stressful for me. This was due to my mind fetching the answer for me before I could fully go into stress mode. The answer always pops into my mind and still does.

Eventually due to this I began having more confidence in myself and my ability to cope by knowing I will percieve alternative options in any given situation.

I havent practised it for about 5 months now due to my life related events excuses excusesbut I want to get back into it again. I find that with stopping some of the benefits carrode away but many are still with me, just not at their best. To use an analogy, before I had a blunt pencil, after pushing through these exercises my pencil was quite sharp and now its still sorta pointy after stopping. Doing the exercises I know will sharpen it again.

This I think is quite essential to master these exercises and remain sane for me anyways. You have to know when to switch off and relax and have fun. I actually did do them for another couple of weeks, but got swamped by work. Regarding multiple mentalities — I wonder what do you and maybe Harry Kahne have to say about the following research: On the contrary, I think we just need to learn how to maintain short-term memory, despite the effects that multiple mentalities have on it.

And so will be helpful when trying to deal with distractions. I have doing a lot of multiple tasks in the past 2 years, and I have many situations where I find it hard to remember a 8-digit number. One option could be that I need better short-term exercises. Another option is that the research may has a point here. I read the article you linked. So, the two obvious solutions are to: I mentioned point number 2 in my last comment.

Some people insist we can only remember a fixed number of items in our working memory, likedepending on the person.

But yeah, it would be interesting to see whether multi-tasking has any long-term memory effects, or if each instance only applies to the single situation where it happens. Have you made further progress? I played around with it for a while. Like, buffering up ahead of time what I would say in the next two seconds, then switching focus to an arithmetic calculation. I just got better at delegating things to my automated unconscious mind, and switching quickly between tasks that require focus.

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