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The whole thing seems silly when you listen but it really shows you how effective our brains are at storing visual memories. It works very effectively and has made me wonder why mainstream education does not make a strong point of teaching memory techniques to children, listen to Moonwalking with Einstein after this.
I don't normally write reviews but this deserves some mention considering not much has been said on this "lecture". I put that in quotes cause it doesn't quite capture this work, but is the closest thing that comes to mind.
First based on mixed reviews I have to concede this approach may not work for everyone. For myself I was able to commit all 118 elements to memory in 4 sessions. I took on one session per day and reviewed it a couple of times that day as best I could remember. This allowed me to practice recovery of previous sessions and reinforce the memory on subsequent days.
What I find valuable is not the raw assets, aka the elements themselves, but the general techniques which I plan on applying elsewhere to see how well this can be recreated. Based on what I experienced with a bit of practice it feels very transferable to other lists.
I want to point out a few key things, lists are not knowledge in and of themselves, but they do make solid basis for attaching and retaining facts that can aide experience. This is a technique for holding lists in memory and indexing them,jumping to certain points in that list and being able to recall "nearby" elements.
As a tool for this purpose I'd say the author does an admirable job of teaching the basics. For me this represents a starting point for taking on additional memory techniques. Keep those constraints in mind if you are considering this work.
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This is one of the best books I've read! I really have memorized the periodic table!
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