I feel like there should be a place for rote memorization and I don’t mean that people should memorize this way but that rote memorization should be a goal to strive for as a society.
Why are you using memory techniques? Because you either want to be able to achieve impressive memory feats or because you have a bad memory and want to improve it. The latter is who I am concerned about.
I always use rote memorization if I have to but I often only need to repeat the information perhaps 2 or 3 times in my head. For most people, this is not reality. They can’t memorize a lot of information after repeating it two or three times and that is not a good thing if you think about it.
I remember my days from middle school when my classmates were complaining about all the material and how much they had to learn and frankly, I never thought the same as them. I have now dropped out of school but I have people around me who are still learning and when I hear that they have to learn this and that, I just wish that I could lend them my brain for a moment so they didn’t have to struggle so much.
Let me ask you this; which would you rather choose, a society where the members have to spend time learning memory techniques first and than have some decent memory or one where most members have a good memory already and only have to use rote memorization by repeating the information only a few times? I think I prefer the last one.
Not only would we all have good memory, our average intelligence would spike up too. Having a good memory often means more than just a good memory.
Naturally, this would probably never happen. The average person has an average memory and average intelligence and this group grows much faster than those who are above average. That’s why I put my hopes on technology.
Dr. Alan Schnyder already demonstrated that we all can have near savant like abilities for a short period of time by stimulating certain areas of the brain. He believes that there is an inner-savant in everyone. In the link below is a video of the demonstration.
His findings are controversial but I still remain hopeful.
Elon musk just announced their Neurolink project recently and this also shows potential. A chip in the brain sounds uncomfortable but I believe if we play our cards right, it can improve us drastically in a lot of ways.
Wouldn’t it be awesome if we went from rote memorization and repeating information 3, 4, 5 or 6 times to zero times?
When my classmate in school told me he had an eidetic memory, I was excited. (I had one other classmate who was jealous and later also claimed to have an eidetic memory which I still find funny)
I was energized by him when he told me about it and it was amazing to see him in action. I also didn’t feel alone for a short time. If there was a way for me to give up my abilities so everyone else could be improved then I would definitely do it.