It takes me too long to get into San Francisco to see the seminars hosted by Stewart Brand, but I really enjoy Stewart's succinct summaries. (Back in the Whole Earth days I was surprised that no one ever commented on the quality of Stewart's pithy, concise, often witty reviews.)
On the "Learning to Learn Fast" seminar by Timothy Ferriss last week:
"To acquire 'the meta-skill of acquiring skills,' Ferriss recommends approaching any subject with some contrarian analysis: 'What if I try the opposite of best practices?' Some conventional wisdom---'children learn languages faster than adults' (no they don't)---can be discarded. Some conventional techniques can be accelerated radically. For instance, don't study Italian in class for a year before your big Italy trip; just book your flight a week early and spend that week cramming the language where it's spoken. You can be fluent in any language with mastery of just 1,200 words.…"
Here are 100 of his pared-down summaries of the SALT seminars for three bucks on the Kindle: