The latest issue of the always-excellent Wired Magazine is chock-full of ways to improve your cognition and memory. It also debunks some some commonly-held memory myths: ginkgo, speed-reading and music are on the list. They also include this handy disclaimer:
All increased intelligence becomes the property of WIRED magazine (hereafter referred to as “The Magazine”) and will not be acknowledged or returned. Neural damage is the responsibility of the reader. Attempts to enhance mental capacity as measured by standardized metrics neither legally nor ethically compel The Magazine to make commensurate enhancements in quality or content. Readers with demonstrated cranial enlargement or cortical thickening may be required to sign a liability/publicity/copyright release and to appear on the cover of The Magazine, provided they are also the star of an upcoming motion picture. Anne Hathaway especially. The Magazine reserves the right to cancel, terminate, or modify people who use brain-embiggening technology because look, dude, this is Condé Nast. Do you think we’re just playing around here?
Forewarned is four-armed, as they say.
Headline allusion is one of my favorite songs ever. (Someone remixed this version with images of Fight Club–pretty cool.)
Full disclosure: I have been a regular reader of Wired for about 8 years now.