Mnemonics are absolutely useless. I found Joshua Foer to be obnoxious. Fine if the system works for you that’s great, but don’t start knocking off other people and especially start a crusade against people like Daniel Tammet and elseperson.
Here is thing. With rote memorization and natural memory techniques, yo can learn 100 digits of pi in a matter of days and spit out in less than 20 seconds. Just watch some YouTube videos where kids (and adults!) can perform this feat.
But if you use something as cumbersome and clunky as converting numbers to images, then when recalling converting back the images to numbers, it is a massive overkill. It’s like adding legs to a snake or beard to an eunuch. It is nothing but a crutch and artificial technique, and just like in real life if you a healthy, normal person uses crutch it doesn’t help him but hinder him.
Last thing I want is people stammer and yammer their way through 100 digits of pi. That’s not impressive. That’s lame, geenky and awkward. It’s how you present yourself.
As far as using this technique to memorize 10,000 digits of pi, well other than self-congratulatory useless world of Memory Olympics or Guinness Book, these are absolutely worthless in real life.
You wanna memorize Moby Dick, Bible or Britannica? Guess what, you gotta do the whole damn thing yourself. I am guessing Britannica probably has 44 million words. So are you frikkin suggesting me to create 44 million “pegs”. This is such a massive overkill.
Why not cut through the bs and just memorize right from the get go? Thousands of actors memorize Hamlet via rote memorize with perfect godly delivery instead of stammering and yammering their way through where it is OBVIOUS they are tryna convert images to numbers etc or abstract ideas to images. That is so time consuming. It’s almost creating a solution for a problem that does not exist and justifying that is the only way and all other way is wrong.
Say, I have to memorize a 500 page book verbatim. What’s the point of encoding the page numbers to digits? I mean if I have to memorize by rote all these pages doesn’t it make sense that I will eventually ‘soak up’ those page numbers via familiarization.
Do you “encode” your mother’s image or other people in some stupid ludicrous, wheelchair like artificial mnemonics? No! By familiarization you absorb them and eventually it gets transported to long term memory.
What people forget is short term memory of mnemonics eventually disappear as well and needs to be transported to long term memory? Yeah unlike dumb Guinness Book accolades, try to blitz 10,000 digits of pi like Benedict Cumberbatch, then I’d be impressed. That is REAL memory skill. Not something littered with “uh…ohh… ummm…let me think… let me convert the images to numbers to pegs…etc” Ho hum. Boooooooring.
And guess what rote memorization also gets transported to long term. In fact that is more of a muscle memory and reliable. Although rote memorization have drawbacks.
So tell me. Please, DEAR GOD, DO tell me what is the purpose of all these clunky, cumbersome system if you can’t use it to memorize the stuffs you REALLY LOVE such as Bible, Moby Dick in entirety, encyclopedia.
With enough familiarization and brainpower (unless you are a moron) you can pretty much ‘pick up’ any shopping list. If you need to use pegs and mnemonics, that just shows you have a poor natural memory. Maybe you need to work on that. It’s an absolutely overkill to spend 10 minutes in dumb pegs to convert a shopping list which you can easily commit to memory via chunking or rote in under seconds.
Mnemonics and artificial memory is massively overrated and there are people out there making thousands and thousands of dough profiting of this sleazeball technique. It is nothing new. It existed since millennia and were privy to library books. People like Trudeau (not the Canadian president) brought it onto forefront and some “memory experts” are acting it is revelation or something.
And no WIRED magazine. Joshua Foer cannot “memorize everything”. It will take him 10,000 lifetime to spit Britannica verbatim. So what exactly is the damn point tell me?
I usually wouldn’t have commented. But I felt the need to interject given how massively hyped up and overrated this technique is and people are going gaga over it. And the nerve to knock down on others literally makes my blood boil.
Mnemonics won’t help you memorize s*** tonna things. Yet the irony, only reason people would want to memorize those things such as contents of books, Bible, scripts, plays, and even diagrams such as blueprint is because they are essential yet mnemonics fail exactly where it is needed. All these stupid mnemonic only ‘works’ if the data is neatly arranged and packed like database such as postal addresses or rows and rows of lists. But those can easily be memorized by eyeballing them in rote.
In real life nothing is ‘so neatly arranged’. Look around you. Look around your room. Are things arranged neatly in order for you to just put them in pegs?
Also people forget you cannot use the same memory palace for different facts as there would be conflict. So tell me… DO TELL ME what good is it if you need 10,000 memory palaces to memorize 10,000 books. It’s like you are moving your hand roundabout your head to reach your mouth instead of going straight to feed you. So circuitous.
If you need 10,000 pegs to memorize 10,000 items then you seem to forget that first you need to memorize 10,000 pegs. Duh. And you can’t even recycle them. So useless, overkill and circuitous and people like sheep are acting it is revelation from God.
I am done ranting here. Thanks for listening.