I recently came across and interesting historical calendar called the French Republican Calendar. It was an 18th Century attempt to create a decimal-based calendar. The interesting part of the calendar from a memory techniques point of view is that every day of the year had a unique name like “grape”, “saffron”, and “chestnut”. Read more
This blog post is an update for new members of the SF Bay Area Memory Club that I run every weekend at locations around the Bay. I thought that it might be helpful to have a page of information that I could send new members to. Read more
I just read a blog post about how having multiple hobbies may lead to creative breakthroughs by helping a person make connections between previously-unrelated ideas. Read more
Here are a couple of links about memory that have been sitting in my Firefox tabs for a while. I thought people might be interested:
Greg Detre from Memrise was interviewed by Kirsten Winkler on the neuroscience of flashcards: Read more
Memory competitions involve memorizing just a few things:
- decimal numbers
- binary numbers
- playing cards
- historic dates
- poetry (created specifically for the event)
- names and faces
- random words
- a specific kind of abstract image (from a relatively small set of shapes and patterns)
The Speed Memory competitions also have a few other events:
The creation of certain memory events has led to the development of incredible techniques for memorizing specific things like decimal and binary numbers.
My memory system has images for colors that match up with my single-digit number images. I finally had a chance to put them to use in a limited way today while studying for California drivers license test, which requires you to know curb colors.
Most memory techniques are based on the idea that visual images are easier to remember than abstract data.
Most memory books that I’ve read also say to use all of your senses, though they generally focus on the visual aspect because visual memory is strongest.