Overall this book is worth the read if you are truly interested in learning how to learn - which in my opinion 100% of people should actively work to understand better.
You do not need a deep understanding of cognitive functionality or brain anatomy to follow this book. It is simple, straight forward, and is a useful technique to be familiar with and to me can be applied (and should be applied) to every component of your lifestyle. But keep in mind - you should always be looking for ways to individualize and improve the approach Tony instructs.
The reason it gets three stars:
At around p.56 I was overcome with excitement to understand the intricate techniques of expressing my mind which Tony expresses very well. But than I came back to Amazon and decided to do something I have not done yet - Read the 1 star Reviews. After reading it for this book I re-designed my approach on acquiring books to better my understanding of reality and how to continually improve myself.
It was very eye opening the professional and respective insights peers gave around this book which I forever thank and owe my debt to them as it altered my perception of this book.
Most to all of his research can be somewhat viewed as scientifically incorrect - but in all fairness - this book was written between the 1970-2000 time period and neurology itself is very young in its development and research. So of course the science he is presenting will be debunked and re-theorized.
But what you need to take away from this book is that it is a basic foundation of how to utilize your mind. At the moment I am still continually searching for other mnemonic and neurological approaches to better enhancing the efficacy of my study & research. But this was a good novice guidance in the correct direction whereas prior I was a little misguided and sporadic in my studies.
Another big - HUGE to me personally - deficit is that a 1-star review commented that "Tony is a dubious salesman" and right away my mind was on high-alert for the evidence throughout his writing. I do not enjoy the pursuit of taking advantage of individuals for self-gain. This phrase in relation to Tony - he could possibly be selling something to make himself a profit at the cost of someone investing good time and hard work into a practice that may be flawed.
This practice has its flaws and they are easily able to adjust (much like other practices) so he does genuinely have good intentions and to me comes off as an individual who enjoys assisting others to be more efficient humans.
What is really noticeable is that ALL his recommendations throughout the book are books he wrote. For example:
p 213 2nd paragraph - (see the Edward Hughes story in Tony Buzan, Use Your Head, Chapter 1, pages 11-14).
This to me is a sales ploy as he understands you are interested in this book so much - that he wants you to continually purchase all his books. And he only ever makes references to books that he wrote. Also articles of research from time to time. And it is a frequent event throughout the book and I feel as though he is informing me "In case you forgot, you could expand your knowledge on this specific topic by purchasing my other book". Sales in itself really bothers me - sweet irony is that I currently work as a Sales Support Rep :(.
In contrast some other exemplary books I have read (Clean - by Dr Alejandro Junger) reference a plethora of outside sources that have nothing to do with his own self-benefit. They are just authors and articles he was inspired and influenced by to generate the type of advice he is offering.
The only time he does not do this somewhat is on p 217 where he references a book by Lana Israel - But he did co-write this book himself (keep in mind I am only on p 233 at this writing).
Of course this is all only my opinion and I am an extremist when it comes to encouraging constructive feedback (or just straight criticism) so please share your thoughts and hopefully I did not offend anyone. But by all means send me a response of any type of intelligent feedback and I will not be offended.
Hope this helps you with your purchase! Enjoy your pursuit of knowledge acquisition!
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Plume Books; Reprint edition (1 March 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780452273221
- ISBN-13: 978-0452273221
- ASIN: 0452273226
- Product Dimensions:: 17.1 x 1.8 x 24 cm
- Shipping Weight: 699 g
- Customer reviews: 120 customer ratings