The USA memory champion shows you how to memorize like a champion


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/09/18/the-world-memory-champion-show.html


#2

Whenever I try these techniques, I end up, for example, perfectly memorizing a list of things associated with my body parts, but then everything falls apart. I start to forget - which came first, the ears or eyes? What was the dough? Bread…zil? Ja…pancake? Then I give up and just memorize the list of things I was trying to remember in the first place.


#3

That has to be the most bizarre illustration ever!


#4

Yeah, but nobody needs to memorize lists any more, now we have the internet.


#5

Whoa! Too much for my pea brain.


#6

I always confuse myself when I try this technique so I give up. Now, I just write down the list of things I want to remember and invariably forget where I put the list. What was I saying…? Oh yeah, I like turtles.


#7

I couldn’t even stay focused to finish reading the OP.

…oh look, a squirrel. [Chases squirrel]…


#8

Wait, my memory is like a desk with a phone bill in the ocean? Dafuq?!

I’m glad your memory is amazing, but your metaphors are shit.


#9

This seems similar to Memory Palaces, as used by the likes of Hannibal Lecter and Sherlock Holmes (and even non-fictional people too), in which you associate memories with locations in an imaginary space. Always seemed a cool trick, if you could pull it off (not I).


#10

What I like about this is the suggestion that there can be some other list that is more linear to you and more easily adapts to being used for a peg system. Like the mentioned fielding position system in baseball.

I didn’t yet find one that works for me but I’ll keep thinking on this for a while, I’m bound to find a better one then I used before. The system I tried, from a different suggestion, was numbers linked to some made up shapes, for example, 2 became a swan for me because of the similarity in shape. This worked, but not great, it seems obvious that a existing strong list will make memorization easier.

I heard about people using a street, with all the houses and storefronts they know by heart. I thought of using something like the consoles from my life (NES, SNES, Playstation, Gamecube, etc), like I said, I’m still thinking about a good one.


#11

your metaphors are shit

Your grist against which all things may index is gonna be a silky decomposition of the Fibonacci Sequence and diner specials (8 mops of kohl rabi on 15 cubes of amaranth and rosemary bullion) I can tell!


#12

Best book on this is The Art of Memory by Frances Yates.


#13

Yeah, I mean - I’m not using that particular list, but something that I think I’ll remember, but when I get down to it, it turns out to be more arbitrary than I thought, and I forget the logic behind the ordering. Not that I’ve tried this very often, after my initial efforts didn’t go so well…


#17

Build your own Memory Palace or Renaissance Room, associating the things you want to remember with things in your Palace or Room. It’s an ancient and useful technique.


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