MarkJoseph029, your points are admirable. The good news is that in a competition like the one I propose, the random order of knowledge presented would be in effect. That way competitors would never know what ideas exactly would be presented and in what order, they would just have a general idea of what subjects they would be competing in, and they would be encouraged to develop their creativity as much as possible for memorizing general knowledge.
It is just as fair a competition as the current competitions. It could be argued that people who practice memorizing thousands of numbers, abstract images and words, names and faces, and playing cards before the event are making it “not fair” by preparing so thoroughly for what they will be competing on. It would be the same for the event I propose. I admire your defense on that matter, and totally agree with you that it wouldn’t be fair if the competitors knew what order the knowledge would be presented in. If, for example, one of the events was on memorizing chemistry, we would present the elements in random order, so even if they had the entire periodic table of elements memorized already, they would have to still memorize them in random order. Sure, they might prepare beforehand, but that is exactly what current memory competitors do now with playing cards, numbers, names and faces. I hope that irons out any misunderstandings. Your thoughts and suggestions are much appreciated